November 11–12, 2022

Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition

The MFA Film Program and the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England are proud to present a selection of documentaries as part of the Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition. The first of its kind in North America and celebrating its 17th year, the competition has transformed into a tradition and has received remarkable international attention.

Screenings for this year’s competition take place online and in person, with the opening night and non-competition screenings happening in person at MFA Boston. Things kick off at the Museum with Cem Kaya’s Love, Deutschmarks and Death, a documentary about the musical culture of Turkish migrants in Germany. Two more non-competition films are part of the program: Zeynep Dadak’s Invisible to the Eye, a documentary inspired by Eremya Çelebi Kömürciyan’s book History of Istanbul in the Seventeenth Century; and Mimaroğlu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island, the story of legendary electronic music composer Ilhan Mimaroğlu and his vibrant wife Güngör, who migrated to the US from Turkey in early 1960s.

All films are in English or with English subtitles. See the full schedule of online and in-person screenings.

Past Events


November 12, 2022
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Directed by Zeynep Dadak (Turkey and Germany, 2020, 85 min.). Turkish with English subtitles.


November 12, 2022
12:00 pm–1:15 pm

Directed by Serdar Kökçeoğlu (Turkey, 2020, 77 min.). English and Turkish with English subtitles.


November 11, 2022
7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Directed by Cem Kaya (Germany, 2022, 95 min.). German and Turkish with English subtitles.