Scared and courageous, at home but not feeling safe at the same time...
A woman, a journalist, having served prison time because of her book, wins her freedom back and comes back to life she left behind. A chaotic Istanbul combined with the traumas of dark days past, she spends a day full of fear and paranoia. Is it possible to get used to live in constant fear?

  • Hazal Kara
  • Sezin Ertek
  • Hazal Kara
  • Sezin Ertek
  • Hazal Kara
  • Sezin Ertek
  • Timur Savcı
  • Burcu Çelebi
  • Bengü Ergin
    Key Cast
  • Ayşe Alacakaptan
    Director of Photography
  • Ludwig Fiedler
    Sound Mix
  • Jan Tobias Sutter
    Sound Design & Composing
  • Işıl Karataş
    1st AD
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    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, thriller
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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  • 21.İzmir Short Film Festival
    November 14, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection National Panorama
  • 42. Max Ophüls Preis
    January 17, 2021
    Deutschland Premiere
    Official Selection, nominated
Director Biography - Hazal Kara, Sezin Ertek

Hazal Kara is an artist and flmmaker who is born in 1989 in İstanbul, Turkey. After she graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Film & Television program in 2013, she moved to Berlin, Germany. In February 2019, she graduated from Berlin University of the Arts Art and Media Program. Her last short film “The Barn” took part in several flm festivals.
Sezin Ertek was born in Antalya in 1990. She graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Film & Television program in 2013 and Master of Arts in Film and Television in 2015. After her academic education she continued her career as a scriptwriter for 3 years in diferent TV projects with Prof. Dr. Feride Çiçekoğlu. Since January 2019, she studies in Art & Media Mestershüler program at Berlin University of Arts. Her last flm “Tail” is still in festival circuit.

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Director Statement

Thoughts on the concept of freedom have become part of our lives for us as women from Turkey. Does man achieve freedom when he lives in a free environment or when he is physically free? Are we free? If not, who is limiting our freedom or what?
Freedom cannot be viewed independently of the past and the socio-cultural environment. At the same time, small, actually friendly appeals, such as "Please don't do that, don't talk like that, be careful.", reinforce fears and thus support systems that restrict freedom.
Have we not defended freedom? Have we left it to journalists and writers? Or do they just write their thoughts and we turn them into a hero or an enemy? Are we suddenly leaving them alone with unplanned fame and forcing them to fight for our freedom? Do they even want that?
All of these questions led us to write Defne's story.