Baksı: From Utopia to Reality by Bahriye Kabadayı Dal (Turkey, 2016, 52 min.). Documentary.

In 2014, the three-year-old Baksı Museum in Bayburt’s Bayraktar village surpassed world-renowned contenders and won the Council of Europe Museum Prize. Nestled in a landscape of impassable mountains where the Black Sea region meets Eastern Anatolia, the museum was the idea of the painter and academic Professor Hüsamettin Koçan, who decided to build a sanctuary for the arts in his hometown. This is the story of how Kocan’s dream became a reality.

Idil Biret: The Portrait of a Child Prodigy by Eytan İpeker (Turkey, 2015, 60 min.). Documentary.

Idil Biret was five years old when she played piano for the Turkish president. Two years later in 1948, the Turkish congress passed “Idil’s Law” which allowed her to study in Paris. Away from her friends, in an alien city, Idil worked under strict supervision. As pianist Arthur Rubinstein later recalled, “the first time I heard her play she brought tears to my eyes.” Director Eytan İpeker provides wonderful musical interludes from one of the most prolific pianists of all time.

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