11TH BOSTON TURKISH FESTIVALSM

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DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM COMPETITION

  

In Competition

WAITING FOR ARIF

Directed by Didem Yilmaz

Documentary. 2006, 10 minutes 
In English
   

An insightful and humorous documentary about Latife and Arif Mardin. 

Latife Mardin, who was possibly married to the busiest man in the world, 11 Grammy winner Arif Mardin had been busy for the 45-years creating successful musical careers for bigger stars such as Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees, Norah Jones. But that took a toll on their marriage and kept Latife waiting…

For the first time, they were asked to reveal in this documentary why they believed their marriage endured for so many years. As we learn from Latife and Arif, love was not the only thing that made it last.
 

  
Director DIDEM YILMAZ

She began her career in 1990 as a journalist. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Television at Anadolu University in Turkey, she became particularly passionate about documentary filmmaking. Her documentary “Tevellüt 1340” exploring the perceptions of “old age” at a retirement home, was a great success. Her second documentary “Devrim, Eskişehir” was a group project about the first Turkish-made car and the engineers who built it. Both of these documentaries won numerous awards and prizes from festivals. After graduation, she worked as a producer/director for a cable television station for two years. She created, produced and directed over 15 programs, specially focusing on children and women. A number of them were awarded by various public institutions. 

She received her master’s degree in Media Studies at New School University in New York where she completed a Media Management certificate. Her master’s production thesis, “Seeking the Sultan”, was featured in numerous film festivals in the U.S., broadcast on CNN-Turkey, and was nominated for the Student Academy Awards.

 
  

Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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