Scene from the film My Child
Scene from the film My Child
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My Child

  • Turkey
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What would you do if your own child was gay? Would you reject them? Would you pray for them? Would you still love them? As a parent, how do you come to terms with your child’s sexual orientation, if it happens to be different than the norm?
My Child presents an inspiring group of Turkish parents of LGBT individuals, who have gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they were. Filmed in their own homes, with the camera placed directly in front of their faces, Errol Morris-style, they talk about their most intimate anxieties, experienced when realizing what their children were going through in a conservative society such as today’s Turkey. For them, learning that their children were LGBT implied a gradual re-learning of how to be parents – a steep curve which included their own version of ‘coming out’ and culminated with the discovery of activism ‘out of love’. This is neither a lesson in alternative parenthood nor a conventional advocacy piece. It is a deeply humane story with real parents re-discovering themselves and their children, and deciding to stand up for them. If an 80-year-old religious grandmother from rural Turkey can accept her grandchild the way he is, what excuse do we have?
“What I realized over the recent years is that parents do not have sons or daughters, they have children. I thought I had a daughter, and then I learnt that, actually, I had a son. What really matters to me is that he is my child”.

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  • Original title
    My Child
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Oğuz Yenen
  • Editing
    Gökçe İnce
  • Sound
    Öğünç Hatipoğlu
  • Duration
    81 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Turkey
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 12th !f International Independent Film Festival, Istanbul-Ankara-Izmir, Turkey, February-March 2013
    • 2nd Warsaw Turkish Films Week and Film Market, Poland, April 2013
    • 3rd Nar Film Festival, Antep, Turkey, May 2013
    • 15th International Eskisehir Film Festival, Turkey, May 2013
    • 16th Flying Broom Women's Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey, May 2013
    • 6th Ege Documentary Film Days, Izmir, Turkey, May 2013
    • 3rd Filmamed Documentary Film Festival, Diyarbakir,Turkey, May 2013 – Jury Special Prize
    • 6th Documentarist - Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey, June 2013
    • 7th Balıkesir Cinema Days, Turkey, June 2013
    • 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, June 2013
    • 19th MedFilm Festival, Rome, Italy, June 2013
    • London Open City Docs Film Fest, UK, June 2013
    • 8th Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival, Cyprus, August 2013
    • 12th DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo, August 2013
    • 37th Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, August 2013
    • 15th Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival, Greece, September 2013 – Best Film Award
    • 3rd Bodrum Turkish Films Week, Turkey, September 2013
    • 8th Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival, Germany, October 2013
    • 6th Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival, South Africa, November 2013
    • 8th Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 2013
    • Filmreihe Tüpisch Türkisch Cologne Turkish Films Week, Germany, November 2013
    • 18th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition, USA, November 2013 – Best ***
    • 6th This Human World - Vienna International Human Rights Film Festival, Austria, December 2013
    • 3rd EU Human Rights Film Days, Turkey, December 2013
    • 5th Merlinka International Queer Film Festival, Serbia, December 2013
    • Documentary Audience Award
    • 7th One World Romania International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Romania, March 2014
    • London Human Rights Watch Film Festival, UK, March 2014
    • 25th Munich Turkish Film Days, Germany, March 2014 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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