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The Play

World Premiere: 2005 San Sebastián International Film Festival

The Play

The Play

The Play

by PELİN ESMER (TR 2005, 70')



Ummuye, Behiye, Ummu, Fatma K., Cennet, Saniye, Fatma F., Zeynep and Nesime are nine peasant women living in Arslankoy, a mountain village in southern Turkey. They spend their days working hard in the fields, on the construction site and at home. To lighten the burden of life, these women come together for a wholly different reason. They intend to write and perform a play based on their own life stories.

They gather at the local high school, which they were shy of even stepping into until that day and they work with the principal, Mr. Huseyin. They reveal their life stories that they were even afraid to tell themselves and confront. For days on end, under the curious gazes of the village men, they work tirelessly, discuss and create with much fun a play, “The Outcry of Women!”

This documentary is about the development process of this play and the change the women went through during this period.


Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: Pelin Esmer
Cast: Arslankoy Village Theater Group - Behiye Yanık, Cennet Güneş, Fatma Fatih, Fatma Kahraman, Hüseyin Arslanköylü, 
Naşide Kahraman, Nesime Kahraman, Saniye Cengiz, Ümmüye Koçak, Ümmü Kurt, Zeynep Fatih et al.