19th Annual Boston Turkish Film and Music  Festival | March 19 - April 25 2020

OMAR AND US - Omar ve Biz

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020 | 7:30 pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020 | 2:30 pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Remis Auditorium | 465 Huntington Avenue

Omar and Us

Cast: Cem Bender, Taj Sher Yakub, Menderes Samancılar, Hala Alsayaneh, Uygar Tamer, Ushan Çakır, N'Sele Celia Sophie
2019 / 104 min. / with English subtitles

Ismet is a recently retired military man, who served on the border as a coast guard commander. As a civilian, he now struggles to communicate with his family and people around him. His only son has left for the U.S. and now his wife wants to join him. After suddenly becoming neighbors with two Syrian refugees, Omar and Mariye, at his house near the Turkish-Greek border, Ismet is plunged into a human experience that forces him to to confront his prejudices and political views.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey (2019): Best Screenplay, Kemal Sunal Audience Award
  • Kayseri Film Festival, Turkey (2019): Best Film and Best Director Awards
  • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel (2019): Carmel Award
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (2019)


Mehmet Bahadir Er | Maryna Er GorbachMehmet Bahadır Er

Mehmet Bahadır Er received his undergraduate degree on cinema-TV from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University where he took classes from Metin Erksan, Duygu Sağıroğlu and Memduh Ün. He received many important awards from Antalya Golden Orange, Adana Golden Boll, Ankara Film Festival, IFSAK, Istanbul Independent Films Festival, and Sony Entertainment with the films which he directed. He currently works as director and producer to feature films, TV series and commercials.

Maryna Er Gorbach

Maryna Er Gorbach is a film director from Ukraine. She studied in Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary University for Theater, Cinema and Television. After her graduation she directed a weekly documentary for ICTV of 30 episodes. She received her graduate degree in Poland, from the Oscar recipient director Andrzej Wajda's university as his student. She directed films based on Psychological Gesture Technique for acting which were selected for many prestigious festivals such as Berlin, Rotterdam, Montreal, Tokyo, New York, and Stockholm, and received awards. Mehmet Bahadır Er and Maryna Er Gorbach made their first feature film "Black Dogs Barking" ( Kara Köpekler Havlarken) in 2009.

The directors were accepted to the European Film Academy as academy members in 2017.. 


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