21st Annual Boston Turkish Film and Music  Festival | April 15 - 28 2022

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We are delighted to continue the tradition of presenting high caliber films and concerts to you as we celebrate 22nd anniversary of the festival.

As you would recall, Boston Turkish Film Festival was awarded with a special commendation by the prestigious Boston Society of Film Critics for "bringing work by emerging and established filmmakers of the Turkish cinema to Boston audiences" in 2019.

This year's film program continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established filmmakers of the Turkish cinema. Most of the films in the program are award-winners in international film festivals and will have their North America or East Coast premieres at the festival.

The festival opens on March 24th with Kerr by internationally recognized director Tayfun Pirselimoglu, which is Turkey's 2023 Academy Awards and Golden Globes entry and recipient of Best Film and Best Director Awards from prestigious international film festivals.

On March 24th and 25th join us for special screenings of the award-winning films from the Boston Turkish Festival's Documentary and Short Film Competition, which celebrated its 17th year in 2022. Documentary screenings on March 25th will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by film critic Peter Keough.

Burning Days by director EminA!per, one of the most acclaimed Turkish films of 2022, will be screened on March 26th. The film made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and received numerous awards in national and international film festivals for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

Film program will continue online between March 27 -April 9 with two award-winning feature films by new-generation female filmmakers, "The Guilt/ Kabahat" by Umran Safter and "Suna" by Cigdem Sezgin, and a special selection of award-winning documentaries and short films at the Boston Turkish Festival's 17th Annual Documentary and Short Film Competition.

Festival will continue with a special music program at the Goethe-Institut Boston from April 1st thru 29th with concerts by distinguished musicians.

On April 1st piano virtuoso Hande Dalkilic will give the first performance of her concert series in Boston, in which she brings together the works of the piano repertoire composed only for the left hand for the first time, which are few in the world and never have been performed in Turkey.

On April 15th "Nietzsche and Music", A Music and Philosophy Event, acclaimed pianist Aysegul Durakoglu will introduce and perform Nietzsche's piano compositions, and Yunus Tuncel will talk about the music in Nietzsche's life.

On April 29th Grammy nominee, violinist and vocalist Bengisu Gokce will give a concert, "Inspiration: Sounds of Anatolia", presenting selections from different regions of Turkey and Balkans, as well as original compositions.

Organizing a festival undoubtedly is a collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations. With this opportunity, we would like to thank our supporters, board members and co-presenters as well as individual, corporate and organizational sponsors whose commitment and collaboration made this festival possible. We hope that you would continue to be part of this cultural tradition many years to come.

Enjoy the Festival!

Erkut Gömülü
Director and Founder
Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival


Turkish American Cultural Society of New England

Boston Cultural Council Turkish Airlines

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture​.


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