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Detmold 2007




2005 / 70’ / Digi Beta / Color / Turkey

Director: Pelin Esmer
Script: Pelin Esmer
Cinematography: Pelin Esmer
Editing: Pelin Esmer
Producer: Pelin Esmer
Production Company: Pelin Esmer
World Sales: Pelin Esmer


Ümmüye, Behiye, Ümmü, Fatma K., Cennet, Saniye, Fatma F., Zeynep ve Nesime are nine peasant women living in a village in Taurus Mountains, and pass their days at the fields, in the building site, at home, with everlasting work. The women come together this time with a completely different reason, to lighten the crushing burden of life. Their aim is to write and act a play, setting of from their own lives. This documentary film tells the formation process of the play and the change the women go through during this process.


Born in 1972 in İstanbul. After graduating from Bosphorus University Department of Sociology, she attended the cinema workshop of Yavuz Özkan for a year. The documentary “Koleksiyoncu”, her first film made in 2002, took the Best Docementary prize at the Rome Independent Film Festival and was third in the Ankara International Film Festival.



Awards (2006)

The Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award
The Best Documentary Film Award
Créteil Women Films
The Best Documentary Film Award
Navarra Punto de Vista
The Audience Award
Nürnberg FF Turkey/Germany
The Special Prize Of The Jury
Vitoria New European Film
The Human Rights Award
Adana Golden Boll
The In Memoriam Yilmaz Guney Award
Boston Turkish Films
The Best Documentary Film Award
Centre Médittérrannéen de Comunication Audiovisuelle
The Best Mediterranean Documentary Grand Prix, FR3 and Algerian TV Awards
Turkish Cinema Writers Assoc. Awards
The Special Prize of the Jury



The Play


The Play