Museum of History and Industry
2700 24th Ave. E, Seattle, 98112
Ticket price per film:
$8 at the festival (TurkFest Booth)
$10 at the door
Also available from Brown Paper Tickets – see links below.
We invite you to join us for TurkFest Film Night, featuring local teachers who traveled to Turkey this summer with the support of the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom Program and the Turkish Cultural Foundation. What is more, this evening event will feature two gripping and award-winning films that explore the cultural landscape of Turkey and its inhabitants. Hear from local teachers who are bringing Turkey into their classrooms and enjoy an evening of excellent Turkish film!
Iki Dil Bir Bavul / On the Way to School
2009, 81 min., Color
Turkish, Kurdish with English subtitles
Directed by Orhan Eskikoy & Ozgur Dogan
One year in the life of a Turkish teacher, teaching the Turkish language to Kurdish children in a remote village in Turkey. The children can’t speak Turkish, the teacher can’t speak Kurdish and is forced to become an exile in his own country.
On the Way to School is a film about a Turkish teacher who is alone in a village as an authority of the state and his interaction with the Kurdish children who have to learn Turkish. The film witnesses the communication problem, emphasizing the loneliness of a teacher in a different community and culture, and the changes brought up by his presence in this different community during one year. The film chronicles one school year, starting from September 2007 until the departure of the teacher for summer holiday in June 2008. During this period, they begin to know and understand each other mutually and slowly.
Festivals & Awards:
21st Ankara International Film Festival – Mahmut Tali Ongoren Special Award
15th The Festival on Wheels – Silver Bull Award
15th London Turkish Film Festival – Audience Award
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival – Best First Film Prize
Uzak Ihtimal / Wrong Rosary
2009, 90 min., Color
Turkish with English subtitles
Directed by Mahmut Fazil Coskun
Starring Nadir Saribacak, Gorkem Yeltan, Ersan Uysal
Istanbul is a rare city that shelters interesting stories within its colorful socio-cultural and religious environment. The cities where great ancient cultures have dwelt provide opportunities for vivid relations to arouse between its inhabitants. These cities have the power to add different meanings to the everyday experiences. Wrong Rosary captures and reveals these deep and vivid sensations. The film follows a love story that could only take place in Istanbul or somewhere alike.
Galata, Istanbul. Muezzin Musa falls in love with his neighbour, a Catholic nurse named Clara. The story gets even more exceptional when Musa meets bibliophile bookseller Yakup who turns out to be connected with Clara. As the lives of these three people begin to intersect, surprises start to emerge.
Festivals & Awards:
International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2009): Best Film Award
Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz, Austria (2009): Best Film Award
Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2009): Best Director, Best Script Awards, Best Actor (Nadir Saribacak)
Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2009): Best Director, Best Actor (Nadir Saribacak)
Torifest Film Festival, Poland (2009): Special Jury Prize