Siirt'in Sirri - Know My Name


Siirt’in Sırrı


Written and Directed by İnan Temelkuran and Kristen Stevens
Documentary / 89 min. / 2012


Supporting her family of 13 on a wrestling salary, Evin - a Kurdish teenager and a Turkish champion - can't buy bread alone as a female in her remote town. In the world arena, she's one fight away from a future she can call her own. Waking up beside her family of 12 in a single room in southeastern Turkey, she sings to rap videos from Istanbul's tough periphery and cuts her friends' hair in emo, or pop-punk, style. Her wrestling salary pays her brother's university expenses - she gets nothing. His fierce objection to her wrestling scares her even as her success begins to change his outlook. Neither he nor her parents have seen her wrestle. She is tempted to join bigger wrestling clubs 25 hours from home. But breaking her coach's heart is breaking her own. One in four female athletes in Turkey choose fighting sports. Through boxing, wrestling and martial arts, more and more girls from poor, religious families are finding university openings and jobs. If Evin wins an international medal, the state guarantees her a teaching career. Through heart-wrenching losses and thrilling comebacks at the European and World Championships in Poland and Hungary, she must discover new strength to reach the podium. Back home in Siirt, rapes are covered up and guerrilla attacks multiply, killing one of her female coaches. Evin plans to settle there one day, where she remains unknown. She hopes to change that. She hopes to change Siirt.


Selected Festivals and Awards

Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey: Special Jury Prize, Best Editing
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey: Best Documentary



Tugce Ozdenogluİnan Temelkuran was born in 1976 and graduated from Bornova Anadolu High School. He received his higher education in Ankara University Law Faculty. In 2003 he graduated from Cinema Directorship Department at the TAI Visual Arts Academy in Madrid. His short documentary about a "Turkish Wedding" in Spain was awarded the Best Documentary Prize at the Madrid Youth Art Competition in 2004. His first feature film "Made in Europe" won the Best Emerging Director Award at the Ankara Film Festival in 2008, Best Director at Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, and Grand Jury Yılmaz Güney Special Prize. His next film titled "Bornova Bornova" in 2009 was awarded five prizes including Best Film at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, screened at the 9th Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2010.


Kristen StevensKristen Stevens was born in Atlanta. She graduated from the Anthropology Department at Brown University. She started working for Stuart Education Foundation in San Francisco as a fund manager where she dealt with some problems the youth experience in the current education system. As she was doing her doctorate in journalism at the Ohio University in 2004, she shot a short documentary relating to the influence of Michael Moore's 9/11 movie on the US Presidential Elections. Kristen served as a correspondent for Associated Press Jerusalem Bureau in 2005. Living since September of 2005 in Istanbul, Stevens worked for "Hürriyet Daily News" as an editor and columnist between 2006 and 2009. Stevens, who also edited the women's page in the paper, served as a subtitle translator and production coordinator in her husband İnan Temelkuran's movies. 

Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Q&A with Director Inan Temelkuran

Competition Opening Reception following the film screening

Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston