Private Project

Brothers of Silence

Stunningly cinematographed, set in the rarely filmed Turkey’s Eastern region of Kars, “Brothers of Silence” is a hymn to the power of human spirit over the limitations of the body.
Film Description
Located in the Northeast Turkey, the province of Kars is tucked away between the Plato of Eastern Anatolia and Armenia. Stunningly beautiful land known for its hot summers and harsh winters is where the story of BROTHERS OF SILENCE unfolds.
A random example in Turkish documentary making of the cinema verite both in style and storytelling, loosely scripted film's plot evolves around the family of the filmmaker's mute cousins Toso and Çao Mintas who he follows for four years.
Respectfully carrying out his observation, Taylan Mintas creates an intimate slow burning "a la"Jean Rouch movie utilizing meditative and melancholic moods combined with sharp images and the breathtaking panoramas of North East Turkey.

  • Taylan Mintas
  • Taylan Mintas
  • Erol Mintas
  • Taylan Mintas
  • Asim Mintas
    Key Cast
  • Cengiz Mintas
    Key Cast
  • Yazgül Mintas
    Key Cast
  • Mecbure Mintas
    Key Cast
  • Tanju Mintas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Television, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, Anthropology, Sociology
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    25,800,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Kurdish, Turkish
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Istanbul Film Festival
    April 9, 2017
  • Duhok International Film Festival
    September 11, 2017
    Middle East
  • Malatya International Film Festival
    November 12, 2017
Distribution Information
  • MintasFilm
    Country: Turkey
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Taylan Mintas

In 2008, the artist entered the Department of Painting-Craft in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Marmara University. He completed his bachelor degree in 2012. He opened two individual exhibitions and his work was shown in many mixed exhibitions. He shot “I Got an Idea!”, an experimental video art movie, in 2015. He shot another short film, “0 RH-“, in 2016. He was the director of photography, editor and co-producer of documentary film “From the Space Syria is Here” which was broadcast on ‘The Guardian’s website. He started writing his first feature length script, “The Murder.” “The Murder” was selected to Antalya Film Festival’s Film Support Fund in 2015. The artist is carrying out his works in a studio based in İstanbul.

Filmography of the Director:
2017 Brothers of Silence; Director, Scriptwriter and DOP.
2016 From the Space Syria is Here; Guardian, documentary. DOP and editor, also co-producer.
2016 0 Rh-; Experimental Video Art Movie, Director and Scriptwriter.
2015 I got an Idea!; Short Fiction film, Director and Scriptwriter
2011 The Monstrous ; Short Fiction film, Co-director and DOP.

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