Kur­dish Film Re­view: Babamin Sesi

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

"Babamin Sesi" or "Voice of My Fa­ther" is a short, 88 minute fea­ture drama film that was re­leased in 2012 in Turkey. The film it­self was co-di­rected and writ­ten by Orhan Eskiköy. "Babimin Sesi" re­volves around Mehmet and his mother, Basé.

Mehmet lives in Di­yarbakir with his Kur­dish wife. He finds out that she is ex­pect­ing and, af­ter com­ing to the re­al­iza­tion that he would now be a fa­ther, he goes to his mother in El­bis­tan for sto­ries about his own fa­ther. Mehmet's fa­ther had died in a tragic ac­ci­dent in Saudia Ara­bia where he had gone to make money for his fam­ily. At first, Basé hes­i­tates in telling Mehmet sto­ries about his fa­ther, not want­ing to dis­tort the care­fully placed im­age he had of him. It's only when Mehmet shows her cas­sette tapes that his fa­ther had sent, in place of let­ters due to their ill­ter­acy that old mem­o­ries resur­face and Basé be­gins to open up.

More than an av­er­age fam­ily drama, "Babamin Sesi" con­veys the depth of hu­man char­ac­ter and blood ties. It acts more like a doc­u­men­tary than a fic­tion film- care­fully and bril­liantly crafted out by its di­rec­tors and the writer. "Babamin Sesi" is def­i­nitely some­thing worth look­ing into and rec­om­mended for a higher plane of think­ing and in­di­vid­u­al­ism.

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