11 - 19 November 2011

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Translations: Independent Documentary
Filmmaking in Turkey

Ben ve Nuri Bala (Me and Nuri Bala)
Melisa Önel
Turkey, 2009
Digibeta SP PAL/NTSC | 42min. | Colour | VOSI, VOSC

Production: Melisa Önel
Screenplay: Melisa Önel
Photography: Melisa Önel
Editor: Melisa Önel
Sound: Öğünç Hatipoğlu



A portrait of Kurdish feminist activist and actress Esmeray that explores the difficulties of being a transsexual in Turkey. The film takes us on a journey to understand what produces and defines gender in a country where there is no legal protection against incessant discrimination on grounds of gender identity and sexual orientation.


Best First Documentary - 46 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2009