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The Fikirtepe district of Istanbul. Urban transformation is sweeping away the poor communities and Syrian refugees take shelter in deserted buildings. Kamil and his wife Remziye risk losing their home. Unemployed for a long time, Kamil, has no choice but to secretly accept a job on a construction site. Not only is he taking the job from a Syrian refugee, he’s also working for the company that’s destroying the area next door. Oppression and anxiety both in his neighborhood, where he fears discovery, and at work, where he’s accepted the low wages paid to refugees, gradually transform him. When Kamil suddenly disappears, Remziye has to face the consequences of his actions, which do not t the man she knows. But she will not give up.

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Ali Vatansever was born in Istanbul in 1981. After studying Industrial Product Design and Film and TV in Istanbul, he completed his MFA degree in Film Production at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. In 2003, Ali started his film career by directing short films. He is currently pursuing his directing career with Terminal Film, a production company he co-founded. His debut feature, El Yazısı (One Day or Another, 2012) has been screened in various international festivals and distributed in movie theatres throughout Turkey. Aside from filmmaking, Ali teaches film at Koç University and works closely with NGOs on local democracy and governance.

  • 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery Section)
  • Best Director Award, Best Actress (Saadet Isil Aksoy)
    20th Ankara International Film Festival
  • New Voices Award
    30th Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Best editing (Evren Lus) and best actress (Saadet Isil Aksoy)
    7th Kayseri Film Festival
  • 38th Istanbul International Film Festival (Human Rights Competiton)
  • Best Film
    18th Istanbul Independent Film Festival
  • Best Film and Best Director
    9th Bari International Film Festival
  • 31st Angers European First Film Festival (International Competition)
  • Director
    Ali Vatansever
  • Scriptwriter
    Ali Vatansever
  • Producers
    Selin Vatansever Tezcan, Oya Ozden
  • Cinematographer
    Tudor Vladimir Panduru
  • Editor
    Evren Lus
  • Sound Designer
    Alexandru Dumitru
  • Music
    Erdem Helvacioglu
  • Co-producers
    Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann, Anamaria Antoci