18th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 21 - April 28 2019

Bırakın Çocuk Oynasın


Birakin Cocuk Oynasin | Let the Kid Play

Directed by Hacı Mehmet Duranoğlu and Atalay Taşdiken

Written by Hacı Mehmet Duranoğlu and Saadet Özen

Research/Narrated by Saadet Özen

Doc. / 2018 / 112 min. / with English subtitles

A film about the birth and evolution of cinema in the Ottoman era, Let the Kid Play focuses on the spread of cinematic technology, which was developed in the 1890s and which transformed the 20th century art to a significant extent, across the Ottoman lands. The film contains images from films which, though cited in written sources, researchers do not often have the chance to access as well as a variety of visual materials while bringing to light new documents to encourage a renewed discussion of the issue, the film also seeks to throw up new questions about cinema history for cinema enthusiasts to ponder.


Haci Mehmet Duranoglu

Hacı Mehmet Duranoğlu (Osmaniye, 1980) graduated from Selçuk University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema. While still a student, he worked in the Faculty of Communication’s practice television ÜN TV and Ajans İletişim. He made numerous commercials, promotional films and documentaries and participated in film festivals. He wrote columns in local newspapers in Konya, including the paper of the Faculty of Communication. He currently makes documentaries in a production company.



Atalay Tasdiken

Atalay Taşdiken (Beyşehir, 1964) graduated from Selçuk University in Konya in 1985 with an education degree majoring in physics. He began a career in the advertising industry and has served as creative director on some 30 campaigns and went on to direct over 300 commercials. His first dramatic feature “Mommo” (The Bogeyman) became the first Turkish film to be selected for Berlin Film Festival’s ‘Generations’ section. The film received 31 awards in various international film festivals. His filmography of feature films also include another award-winning film, “Meryem”, and “Arama Motoru” (The Search Engine).


4:00 pm

Alfond Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston



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