VOICE OF MY FATHER

BABAMIN SESI

By Orhan ESKIKOY, Zeynel DOGAN

ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2012

Zeynel returns to his hometown to find tapes which remained after his deceased father. But his mother is hiding the tapes, because she does not want Zeynel to learn some things about his father.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • TURKEY, GERMANY, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • KURDISH, TURKISH
    • Duration
    • 82 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Orhan ESKIKOY, Zeynel DOGAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Orhan ESKIKOY
    • Producer(s)
    • Ozgur DOGAN (PERISAN FILM)
    • Synopsis
    • Zeynel and his pregnant wife Gulizar live in Diyarbakir. Zeynel's mother Base lives alone in Elbistan. Her husband Mustafa left for Saudi Arabia to work years ago. During that time, because they were illiterate, he was sending audio tapes to his family instead of letters. Though Mustafa died in a work related accident, he has an enduring effect on his family which unfolds via his recorded voice.
      Zeynel has only one tape. What he feels towards his father owes a great deal to this tape. Upon learning that he will become a father himself, he listens to it very often and begins to be intrigued about the relationship his father attempted to build with them. Zeynel remembers that his mother has more tapes and visits her in Elbistan to get a hold of them.
      Base claims there aren’t any other tapes - she doesn’t want Zeynel to learn about his father’s darker side, trying to keep an idealized image of her husband. But Zeynel, unconvinced, is determined to track them down. At the same time, Base grows more and more melancholic not only because she misses her husband but also her elder son Hasan, whom she hasn't seen for years. Having left the country after becoming a member of the guerrilla movement, Hasan lives far away, but maintains contact with his mother by calling home, listening to her voice but not uttering a word himself in response.
      While daily life goes by, the family secrets and the past resurface via the voice recordings Base hangs onto and holds very dear against the passage of time.
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