The Watchtower | Meet the filmmaker

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    Olgun Şimşek in "The Watchtower" + Pelin Esmer


The Watchtower | Meet the filmmaker


Saturday Jan 11 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Pelin Esmer. 2012. Turkey. France. Germany. 96 mins. Turkish with English subtitles.

Shangri La The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art is one of five organizations across the U.S. selected to host Caravanserai music and film residencies. As part of the 2014 Caravanserai residency program, Turkish filmmaker Pelin Esmer presents her latest film, The Watchtower. A man and a woman seek refuge from their pasts in the Turkish countryside. When their lives collide, they struggle together in a test of the human spirit. The Watchtower nabbed the awards for best director, best actress, and best cinematography at Turkey’s Adana Golden Boll Film Festival.

View the trailer.

Pelin Esmer will introduce her film at 7:30pm and will also lead a post-screening discussion.

About Pelin Esmer
Born and raised in Istanbul, writer, director, and independent film producer Pelin Esmer began her career after attending film classes with legendary Turkish director Yavuz Ozkan. While honing her craft as assistant director on Turkish and foreign projects, she also lectured on documentary filmmaking at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University. In 2005, Esmer founded the film company Sinefilm, and currently produces and directs her own projects alongside producing partners Tolga Esmer and Nida Karabol Akdeniz.

Esmer’s first feature documentary, Oyun (The Play), premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2005 and screened at film festivals around the world, receiving many awards including Best New Documentary Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her first feature, 10 to 11, was one of the six projects chosen by Cannes Film Festival’s Résidence du Cinéfondation in Paris and was an official selection of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

About Caravanserai
Caravanserai is a project that invites American audiences to experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim artistic expression through live performances with the most extraordinary artists from the Muslim world.

Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is produced by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations with leadership support from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Caravanserai’s film and media programming is coordinated on behalf of the program by South Arts.

Presented in conjunction with Shangri La The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet.




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