Documentary and Short Film Competition


-- In Competition -

INSPIRATIONS (Simavnali Bedreddin)

Friday, December 5, 2008,
3:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Documentary / 2006 / 52 min. / Turkey
Directed by Nurdan Arca
Poetry recited by Genco Erkal


Revealing the difference “to know” from “to believe” Inspirations is about the Sufi Sheikh Bedreddin of Simavna challenging prejudices with a sense of justice defending multicultural existence. The documentary unfolds in Bedreddin’s trails. The quest into the past for his multicultural legacy is found surviving in the collective memory of the people in the Balkans and in the Middle East, including Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, all of Macedonia. The excerpts read from The Epic of Sheikh Bedreddin by poet Nazim Hikmet gives the sensitive tone to the film. The main interview of the documentary is made with Prof. Cemal Kafadar of Harvard University, an expert on the construction period of Ottoman history. Other interviews include French historian Prof. Michel Balivet at University of Provence and Greek historian Dr. Dimitris Kastritsis at Yale University and a Bedreddini dervish.


Nurdan ArcaNurdan Arca organized the first short film festival in Turkey in 1968. She began a PhD program on regional development at Brunel University in London in 1971. She completed her MA degree in political economy at Istanbul University in 1980. She founded Ajans 21 with Melek Ulagay Taylan in 1992. She was the festival coordinator of the 8th and 9th International 1001 Documentary Film Festival in 2005 and 2006 in Istanbul.

Filmography (as director)
Inspirations (2002-2006, 52 min.)
In-Between (2006, 7 min.)
Is Anybody There? (2001, 4’ 30”, co-directed with Togay Senalp)
Dostlar Company (2000, 37 min.)
Space Crystals (1996, 22 min.)
Paintings of Longing (1986, 22 min.)