Documentary and Short Film Competition


-- In Competition -


Tuesday, December 2, 2008,
6:00 p.m.
GSU Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Documentary / 2008 / 72 minutes / Turkey
In English and Turkish with English subtitles
Written and directed by Bingol Elmas


Every week, TranAsia train carries wagons of stories between two neighbouring countries, Turkey and Iran...

TranAsia is different than all the other trains because it travels between two neighbouring Eastern countries whose relationship revolve around the border line between alliance and enmity. The people of these two countries alienate each other despite their mutual values, mutual past and being the oldest neighbours. The film intends to tell the minimal but original stories of TransAsia passengers along with these political sayings and atmosphere they are in. It tends to indicate the reflection of the way of the world on the TransAsia passengers and on their stories.The film tells the story of the TransAsia train, its passengers and the three-days journey.


Bingol ElmasBingöl Elmas was born in Erzurum in 1976. She graduated from the Radio, Television and Cinema department of Marmara University , Faculty of Communication. In 1997 she won the first, second and special jury awards for the best news report – program with the projects she accomplished at MIHA ( Marmara University News Agency). She worked as a reporter at various national television channels between 1998 and 2001 as well as director's assistant in TV programmes. Since 2001, she has been working at The Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey (BSB) which is the only professional union in the field of documentary. She is responsible for the organization and communication of the national and international festivals, documentary film days all around Turkey, various screenings and particular gatherings that BSB organizes. She coordinates the workshops that take place regarding the demands of various groups or associations all around Turkey with the participation of academicians. She has actively participated in the academical forums that have been carried out to constitute the theoretical basis of documentary cinema in Turkey, to support and develop the studies on this area and to strengthen the relation between practice and theory. She has also been carrying out the public relations of the first and the only magazine in Turkey that's been published in the area of documentary cinema. She worked as assistant director in Kalimerhaba Side and Çıralı: Return to The Nature.

Cicadant, her first documentary film has been screened in various festivals and won the award for the best documentary film at the 42nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

Filmography (as director)
TransAsia (TransAsya, 2008, documentary)
Cicadant (2005, documentary; Best Documentary Film Award at the 42nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey)
Game (2002, short)