Boston Turkish Film Festival


The Olive Tree at the Border

7:00 pm

170 Beacon Street, Boston

In competition
Directed by Sholeh Zahraei & Kamil Saldun
Short / 6’ 39” / 2014
Cast: Cengiz Bayraktaroğlu, Vural Çeliker

A multi-layered short film about the unique nature in Cyprus, the division in Cyprus and a man who goes beyond borders.



Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Green Peace Action Group Film Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus: Best Short Film
  • Golden Island International Short Film Festival, Nicosia, Kyrenia, Famagusta, Cyprus: Best Newcomer
  • Climate Change International Film Festival, Portland, USA: Best Film and Honorable Mentions
  • Kolkata International Wildlife & Environment Film Festival, India: Inaugural Film & Best Director
  • Amucine Short Film Competition, Santo Domingo/Dominican Republic
  • Festival Internacional Cine en el Campo Mexico
  • International Green Culture Festival GREEN FEST Belgrade, Serbia
  • Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
  • Title Ruse Film Festival Coventry, UK



Sholeh Zahraei

Sholeh Zahraei was born in Tehran/Iran, grew up in Berlin, and studied Digital Filmmaking in Amsterdam. She graduated with a BA with High Honors from the Department of Radio, Television and Film and pursued her Master’s degree in the Department of Visual Arts & Visual Communication Design in Cyprus. Since 2010, she works on underwater photography and film. Participated as a talent in the Berlinale Talents 2016. Besides film, singing and photography are other parts of her artistic life.




Kamil Saldun was born in Famagusta/Cyprus. He graduated from the Faculty of Art and Science, Department of History in 2008 and obtained his Master's Degree from the Faculty of Education in Famagusta, Cyprus. Since 1999, Kamil is active in theater.  He also works on underwater photography and film since 2012.

In January 2016, Sholeh and Kamil participated in a filmmaking workshop with maestro Abbas Kiarostami in Cuba where they made a short film mentored by him.

Gomşu – Neighbor
Letters to Cyprus
The Olive Tree at the Border
Celluloid Me
Granny’s Garden
The Wave



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