Boston Turkish Festival's 15th Documentary & Short Film Competition (2020)


8 short films are included in this session:
8 Poems of Emigration, My Sister, I am Raining Down into the City, I Don't Want To Die Today, Ronaldo, Truth, The Heavy Burden

Truth - Tanisma

Directed by ÖYKÜ AYTULUN

Short / 2019 / 13 min. / with English subtitles

Cast: Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Çağdaş Ekin Şişman, Semra Morgil, Eren Yağcıoğlu, Ceren Ülgen

Derya has to face and come to terms with her daughter’s way of life.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2019): Second Prize
  • Audience Awards, USA (2019): Third Prize
  • Golden Earth Film Award (2019): Best LGBT Film
  • LGBTQ Short Films Festival (2019): Third Prize
  • Pink Life Queer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey (2019)
  • Directed by Women, Turkey (2019)
  • Which Human Rights? Film Festival, İstanbul, Turkey (2019)
  • WOW Film Festival Tunisia (2020)
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions, Over, UK (2020)
  • The Lift-Off Sessions, Iver, UK (2020)
  • Woman Directors Week, Izmir, Turkey (2020)
  • Out & Loud - Pune International Queer Film Festival, Maharashtra, India (2020)


Öykü Aytulun is a film maker, line producer and festival coordinator. She is the coordinator of the Documentarist Istanbul Documentary Days and Which Human Rights? Film Festival. Her first movie as director is “Tanışma/Truth” (2019) . Some of her other documentaries and fiction movies as line producer are; “No Fries, Please” (2016),“Displaced” (2017), “De Kleedkamer” (2016), All In (2018 - 2019). She is currently living in Istanbul.


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