Welcoming remarks: Akil Öktem, consul general of Turkey; and Marian Luntz, curator, film and video
In person to introduce the screening: filmmakers Su Baloglu & Merve Bozcu
This documentary explores the challenges faced by female filmmakers in Turkey today. In Her First, women established in the Turkish film industry discuss their careers and recount the steps they’ve taken in their creative journeys. Travelling more than 3,000 miles over the course of two years, the filmmakers interview women such as İlksen Başarir (Love in Another Language), who shares how she cried alone in her hotel room before her first day as a director because she “did not know what to do.” Production manager Leyla Özalp explains how a passion project was never made because the producer demanded she put up her home as collateral for the film.
The audience is invited to a reception in the Museum galleries following the post-film discussion.
About Su Baloglu
Born in Cyprus, Su Baloglu graduated from Carleton University with a B.A. in film studies and returned to Turkey to complete her M.A. in cinema and television at Kadir Has University. She co-founded the production company Su Film and has produced fiction and nonfiction films, including the documentary short Women with a Movie Camera.
About Merve Bozcu
After working as an actor and theater director for many years, Merve Bozcu completed her B.A. in marine engineering at Istanbul Technical University and her M.A. in cinema and television at Kadir Has University. She has worked on various film projects and is in the development and financing stage for her feature-length psychological thriller.