Director Sami Mermer returns to his Kurdish home town of Anatolia to reunite with relatives and neighbors. For the most part, the town is inhabited by women whose husbands have emigrated and not returned. An honest and powerful portrait on how the mass exodus has affected daily life for a group of independent women coping with the abandonment through work, resentment and humor. (RS)
- Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (2018)
- Festival Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke
Born in Turkey and living in Canada. He directed The Box of Lanzo (2006), a documentary about homeless people in Michigan, USA. He and Hind Benchekroun also shot and codirected Turtles Do Not Die of Old Age, winner of the Grand Prize of the International Film Festival of Tétouan in Morocco and a Jutra Nominee at Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois.
Their most recent film Callshop Istanbul was produced in 2016, traveled to about 25 festivals around the world and won several awards: Grand Prix 2M, Prix des droits humains at Fidadoc (2016); Best Documentary at Duhok Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Golden Tree Film Festival. The film was also nominated for Best Editing and Best Documentary at the Gala-Québec Cinéma (2017).
Codirected with Sami Mermer, Turtles Do Not Die of Old Age is her first feature length documentary. Shot in Morocco, the film is a Jutra Nominee and earned a mention at Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. It won also the Grand Prize at the film festival of Tetouan. Their most recent documentary Callshop Istanbul was selected to several festivals around the world (Ridm, Hot Docs, Dok Leipzig, Jihlava, Carthage, Rotterdam, etc.) and has won various awards. The film was also nominated for Best Documentary and for Editing at the Gala Quebec Cinema 2017.