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TOPRAK is the dramatic story of a simple family in rural Turkey dealing with poverty, family traditions, and religious heritage.

Awards: Winner Best Cinematography & Best Emerging Filmmaker at Woods Hole Film Festival


Director Biography - Sevgi Hirschhäuser


Sevgi Hirschhäuser is a Turkish director, writer and editor based in Munich, Germany. She is experienced to film making by working long turn in film sets, different departments. She started to work as an editor, then started to write stories.


Finally, she filmed her first feature film "TOPRAK" (drama - 105 mins.) in Antalya, Turkey. She works in pre & post film production and is developing currently several short & feature film scripts for next projects.


Director Statement


Toprak is a movie about the clash of traditions and the problems between the generations. The elder wants to keep the heritage and the status quo, the younger want to leave and do something new.


It was a great experience filming my first feature in the hometown of my mother's family with the help and support of the community there. We shoot in 17 days with a very small team and a tight budget.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    105 minutes
  • Language
    Turkish
  • Country
    Turkey
  • Premiere
    Canadian Premiere
  • Director
    Sevgi Hirschhäuser
  • Screenwriter
    Sevgi Hirschhäuser
  • Cast
    Emine Anil, Burak Aydin, Mustafa Samanli
  • Cinematographer
    Chris Hirschhäuser