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Birth Day

Along with the scenes from her brother's birthday, Burcu revisits her own "birth days".

  • Baran Tekay
  • Burcu Şener, Baran Tekay
  • Burcu Şener, Baran Tekay
  • Büşra Karpuz
    Key Cast
  • Baran Tekay
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Doğum Günü
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    20 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • 3. Afsad International Short Film Festival
    December 15, 2019
    World Premiere
    Offical Competition for Documentary
Director Biography - Baran Tekay

He worked in various student projects at Mithat Alam Film Center while he was a Genetics student at Boğaziçi University. These projects led him to quit school and start studying Film at Istanbul Bilgi University, from which he graduated with Honors Degree. Currenly, he is studying for a MA degree as well as directing and editing his short-films and videos.

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Director Statement

This experimental documentary blends a birthday video recorded on an old VHS tape with four different narratives based on crucial moments in a young woman's life.

The director, while watching a birthday video, realizes a little girl, Burcu, glowing at a hidden corner in every scene, although the birthday is not hers. After selecting certain moments from the video and coming up with keywords (brother, mother, father, boyfriend), the director makes interviews with Burcu and they together write stories based on the interviews. The stories are edited and a narrative is formed out of both writers’ lives in the process led by these two creators.

Along with the blurriness of old videos, we wished to set out for hidden spots on memory. We have discovered the moments which let the person be born again lies behind the doors of ordinary stories.