BTF Documentary & Short Film Competition

Documentary: 40 YEARS AFTER FATMA

Expired December 7, 2023 5:00 AM
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It is undeniable that societies have experienced radical changes and disinformation over the years. One of the first studies on Tahtacıs known as one of the communities resisting this change is Suha Arın's film Fatma of the Forest in 1979. In an interview in 1999, Suha Arın stated that he lost contact with Tahtacıs, was curious about their current life, and wanted to make a documentary examining their life today. However, Arın died in 2004, and couldn't realize this dream. How did Suha Arın, who spent a lifetime documenting Turkey's cultural heritage, get curious about this community he met 20 years ago? The 40 Years After Fatma will observe the Tahtacıs, in the same place 40 years later, with the documentarians who took part in the Fatma of the Forest and will reveal the change they have experienced after all these years.

Selected Festivals and Awards


International Ankara Film Festival, National Documentary Film Competition (2022)

International Kayseri Film Festival, National Documentary Film Competition (2022)

International Labor Films Festival (2023)

Istanbul International Film Festival, National Documentary Film Competition (2023)

Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Quebec, Canada (2023)

International Balkan Panorama Film Festival, National Narrative Films Category (2023)

Digital Details Art and Culture Film Festival (2023)



Sezer Ağgez was born in 1993 in Istanbul. He has been working on documentary filmmaking since 2013. He participated in many film competitions and won awards, including TRT Documentary Awards, Boğaziçi Film Festival, Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival, Pula Film Festival. Ağgez, who completed his undergraduate education in 2016 and master's degree in 2021, now continues his academic studies for the Doctorate of Fine Arts degree at Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University as well as on film/documentary making at Istanbul Kültür University as a Research Assistant.

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  • Runtime
    85 minutes
  • Country
    Turkey, Estonia
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  • Director
    Sezer Ağgez
  • Screenwriter
    Sezer Ağgez, Selinay Güneş, Selin Su Kılınçarslan
  • Producer
    Turan Kubulay
  • Cinematographer
    M. Sercan Karataş
  • Editor
    Turan Kubulay