Buka Barane - The Children Chasing the Rainbow


Bûka Baranê
Gökkuşağının Peşindeki Çocuklar

In Competition

Directed by Dilek Gökçin
Documentary / 60 min. / 2013


Bûka Baranê, means The Bride of the Rain in Kurdish. It is the Kurdish phrase used for the rainbow.

The documentary, begins with a photograph of primary school children taken in 1989 in the courtyard of their school in the village of Befircan or Karlı, to use its given Turkish name, in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari province. In a corner of the photograph it is possible to see the rainbow that comes out after every fall of rain in this region. 23 years after the photograph was taken, one of the students in the photograph (İrfan) returns to the village for the wedding of another student (Aysun). Most of the other class mates in the photograph will be at the wedding with the bride Aysun as well. As İrfan sets out on his journey towards the village, we also depart on a journey starting in 1989 with the 10 people in the photograph. As part of the village’s recent history, we follow the emergency rule period and the establishment of the position of village guardianship. The village gradually becomes a frequent stop both for PKK militants and the soldiers of the Turkish army. Detentions, oppression and beatings begin. They are followed by more and more young people of the village leaving for the mountains to join the PKK. We begin to listen to the memoirs of the one-time students from their high-school and university years. This documentary focuses on the experiences of children at a village primary school in the '90s under war conditions and the oppressive environment brought on by war and their longing for peace.


Selected Festivals and Awards

Kurdische Filmtage Hamburg, Germany
Asiatica Film Mediale, Roma, Italy
Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris, France
Duhok International Film Festival, IRQ
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey
Zeugma Film Festival, Gaziantep, Turkey
White Sands International Film Festival, Las Cruces, NM, U.S.A.
Gümüşlük Akademisi, Bodrum, Turkey
Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey
Red Tulip Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Mardin Sinema Derneği, Turkey
Trabzon Barış  Meclisi, Turkey
Filmamed Documentary Festival, Diyarbakır, Turkey



Dilek GokcinDilek Gökçin graduated from the Department of Cinema and Television at Mimar Sinan University. She embarked on her film career in 1980, working as a director’s assistant for leading directors such as Metin Erksan, Ömer Lütfi Akad and Okan Uysaler. Her short film Slope (1986) was awarded the First Prize of the International Jury at the 32nd Oberhausen Short Film Festival. She taught  “Screenwriting Techniques” course (1988-1990) in the Cinema and Television Department of  Marmara University. She has written numerous scripts and directed various documentaries, television series and commercial films.

Friday, November 15, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston