Benim Cocugum - My Child


Benim Çocuğum


Written and Directed by Can Candan
Documentary / 82 min. / 2013


What happens when your child comes out to you? “My Child” is about a very courageous and inspiring group of people in Turkey, who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals, as they redefine what it means to be parents, family and activists in a conservative, homophobic and trans-phobic society.


Selected Festivals and Awards

!f International Independent Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
Warsaw Turkish Films Week and Film Market, Poland
Nar Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
International Eskişehir Film Festival, Turkey
Flying Broom Women's Film Festival, Turkey
Aegean Documentary Film Days, Turkey
Filmamed Documentary Film Festival, Diyarbakır, Turkey
Documentarist - Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey
Balıkesir Cinema Days, Turkey
International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India
MedFilm Festival, Italy
London Open City Docs Film Fest, U.K.
Reel Desires - Chennai International LGBT Film Festival, India
Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival, Cyprus
DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosova
Montreal World Film Festival
Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival, Greece
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival, Germany



Can CandanCan Candan is a documentary filmmaker and an academician. He holds a BA from Hampshire College (USA) in film and video, and an MFA (a terminal degree) from Temple University (USA) in film and media arts. His works have been screened internationally at festivals, conferences, in galleries and on television. His documentaries include “Boycott Coke” (1989), “Exodus” (1991), “DuvarlarMauernWalls” (2000), “3 Hours” (2008). He has taught film and video courses and workshops, both in universities and media education centers in the United States and in Turkey. Between 2000-2005, he was a faculty member, department chair and director of the MA program at Istanbul Bilgi University's Film and TV department. Between 2005-2009, he taught at Sabancı University and since 2007, he has been a faculty member at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a founding member of docIstanbul - Center for Documentary Studies. “My Child” is his third feature documentary film.

Friday, November 15, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston