A Dream School in the Steppes


Güliz Sağlam

Turkey, 2014, 55′, Turkish

Photography: İlhan Berke, Frank Massholder, Güliz Sağlam

Editing: Güliz Sağlam Özlem Sarıyıldız

Producer: A. İlker Berke

Salhane, 15.10.2016 Saturday, 16.00 – 18.00

Synopsis: The passion to describe every moment of one’s life through images… Could it give the power to struggle against all kinds of obstacles to someone fascinated by cinema? Ahmet Uluçay, well-known by his idiosyncratic short films and his only feature film “Boats out of Watermelon Rinds”, had to face the fact that he had a brain tumor, and had his first operation 12 years ago. This documentary film, in accordance with Uluçay’s life between reality and dream, draws us from the half-lit corridors of a hospital to the village, to childhood and dreams, and into the world of a passionate cinéaste.

Biography: Güliz Sağlam studied at Marmara University, Department of Social Sciences and Administration. She has worked as an assistant director in several feature films, and since 2007, she is an independent documentary filmmaker and a video-activist. She volunteered in Filmmor Women’s Cooperative between 2005 and 2009. Her work consists of independent documentaries on various issues including immigration, women workers’ conditions, women workers’ strikes and resistance in different parts of Turkey, as well as solidarity campaigns of women’s organizations with women workers’ resistance movements, and the encounter of feminists with labor of women, lgbti and feminist activism.


33rd International Istanbul Film Festival

19th London Turkish Film Festival, 2014

7th Aegean Documentary Film Days,2014

Documentarist 7th Istanbul Documentary Days

25th Ankara International Film Festival

21st. Adana International Golden Boll Film Festival

  1. International Valladolid Film Festival, ”Time of History” Competition Section, Spain

International Zeugma Film Festival

9th International Labour Film Festival Antalya Programme

9th Boston Turkish Film Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition, USA

5th. Malatya International Film Festival Documentary Competition Section

17th. International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, 2014

12th Festival Du Cinema de Turquie a Paris

18th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival

12th Cronograf International Documentary Film Festival,Main Competition, Moldova

19th International Documentary Film Festival OFF Cinema, Main Competition, Poznan, Poland

6th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Greece

4th Lake Van International Film Festival, Documentary Film Competition, Turkey

4th Filmamed Documentary Film Festival,Turkey


47th Film Critics Asssociation of Turkey – Best Documentary Film Award

9th Boston Documentary and Short Film Competition – Best Documentary Award

5th Malatya International Film Festival – Best Documentary Award

25th Ankara International Film Festival – Best Documentary Award

7th Documentarist Istanbul Documentary Days – FIPRESCI Award

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