Misafir - The Guest




Written and Directed by Haydar Demirtaş
Documentary / 30 min. / 2013


Old Bahe has lived in the Orthodox monastery of Deyrulzafaran, in the mountains that crown the city of Mardin, in Turkey, since his mother left him there when she was forced to depart for Syria. It was 1920 and Bahe was the youngest of three brothers. Since that time, he has never stopped thinking about his mother and waiting for her to return. “Uncle Bahe”, as everyone here calls him, only leaves the monastery on special occasions and the monastery cannot do without him, as he has become a fixture of the building.

Shortly after the re-screening of this film at the 13th Boston Turkish Film Festival, Uncle Bahe died on March 31, 2014 in Mardin.


Selected Festivals and Awards:

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey
Cannes Film Festival, France
Duhok International Film Festival, KRG, Iraq
Film Festival della Lessinia, Italy
Filmamed Documentary Film Festival, Turkey
Gaziantep International Zeugma Film Festival, Turkey
Istanbul Documentary Film Festival , Turkey
Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey



Bugra DedeogluHaydar Demirtaş was born in Mardin/Ömerli in 1984. He studied in Mardin. He ran in athletics first league for 4 years. He attended cinema workshop of BBC which was organized by Mardin Youth and Culture House. He was a volunteer for Habitat and Günden 21 for 6 years. He attended Kent Film Evleri workshop organized by İstanbul Kültür University in 2005-2006. He received full scholarship from the Department of Communication and Design in the Faculty of Art and Design, where he graduated in 2010. He continues to work in cinema in Mardin.

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston