MY CHILD

COPILUL MEU


Turkey, 2013, 82'
Can Candan

ORIGINAL TITLE

BENIM COCUGUM


CATEGORY

Love is a human right

SYNOPSIS

What would you do if your own child was gay? Would you reject them? Would you pray for them? Would you still love them? As a parent, how do you come to terms with your child’s sexual orientation, if it happens to be different than the norm?
My Child presents an inspiring group of Turkish parents of LGBT individuals, who have gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they were. Filmed in their own homes, with the camera placed directly in front of their faces, Errol Morris-style, they talk about their most intimate anxieties, experienced when realizing what their children were going through in a conservative society such as today’s Turkey. For them, learning that their children were LGBT implied a gradual re-learning of how to be parents – a steep curve which included their own version of ‘coming out’ and culminated with the discovery of activism ‘out of love’. This is neither a lesson in alternative parenthood nor a conventional advocacy piece. It is a deeply humane story with real parents re-discovering themselves and their children, and deciding to stand up for them. If an 80-year-old religious grandmother from rural Turkey can accept her grandchild the way he is, what excuse do we have?
“What I realized over the recent years is that parents do not have sons or daughters, they have children. I thought I had a daughter, and then I learnt that, actually, I had a son. What really matters to me is that he is my child”.

FULL PROGRAM

19 March, 21:00, Muzeul National al Taranului Roman

20 March, 18:00, Cinema Studio

VO

Turkish

SUBTITLES

English, Romanian

PRODUCER

Surela Film

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

12th !f International Independent Film Festival, Istanbul-Ankara-Izmir, Turkey, 2013

2nd Warsaw Turkish Films Week and Film Market, Poland, 2013

3rd Nar Film Festival, Antep, Turkey, 2013

15th International Eskisehir Film Festival, Turkey, 2013

16th Flying Broom Women's Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey, 2013

6th Ege Documentary Film Days, Izmir, Turkey, 2013

3rd Filmamed Documentary Film Festival, Diyarbakir,Turkey, 2013 – Jury Special Prize

6th Documentarist - Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey, 2013

7th Balıkesir Cinema Days, Turkey, 2013

6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2013

19th MedFilm Festival, Rome, Italy, 2013

London Open City Docs Film Fest, UK, 2013

8th Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival, Cyprus, 2013

12th DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo, 2013

37th Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, 2013

15th Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival, Greece, 2013 – Best Film Award

3rd Bodrum Turkish Films Week, Turkey, 2013

8th Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival, Germany, 2013

6th Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival, South Africa, 2013 

8th Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013

Filmreihe Tüpisch Türkisch Cologne Turkish Films Week, Germany, 2013

18th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition, USA, 2013 – Best Documentary Audience Award

6th This Human World - Vienna International Human Rights Film Festival, Austria, 2013

3rd EU Human Rights Film Days, Turkey, 2013

5th Merlinka International Queer Film Festival, Serbia, 2013

London Human Rights Watch Film Festival, UK, 2014

25th Munich Turkish Film Days, Germany,  2014

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