Women of the Lake

Documentary and Short Film Competition

-- In Competition -


(Golun Kadinlari)

Sunday, December 7, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
GSU Auditorium, Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Documentary / 2007 / 24' 10" / Turkey
In Turkish with English subtitles
Written and directed by Emine Emel Balci


This film is about women in Gölyazı village of the city of Bursa, Turkey, who have to work with their husbands as fisherwomen. This is the story of their hard circumstances as being both fisherwomen, and wives and mothers at home at the same time.

Festivals and Awards

13th Turkish/German Film Festival Nurnberg, Germany: Best Documentary
19th International Istanbul Short Film Festival, Turkey: Best Documentary
8th Safranbolu International Documentary Film Festival, Turkey: First Prize
Kristal Klaket Film Festival, Turkey: Best Documentary
19th Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey: Amateur Category Second Prize
15th Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey: Best Documentary
2nd Galatasaray University Sinepark Film Festival, Turkey: Best Documentary and Best Cinematography
2nd Inonu University Short Film Festival, Turkey: Jury Prize for Documentary

7th Dokufest - Balkan Documentary Competition, Prizren, Kosovo
Gdansk Akademicke Centrum Kultury, Poland
SIYAD Turkish Film Critics Society Documentarist Finalist
2008 Cannes Film Festival Turkish Pavillion Selection
3rd AFSD Fest-i Kult International Film Festival, Turkey
II. Silkroad Film Festival, Turkey
5th Pam Film Festival, Turkey
Kissadan Hisse, Turkey



Emine Emel BalciEmine Emel Balci was born in 1984 in Amasya, Turkey. She has been studying at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Cinema-TV Department since 2002. In addition to the films mentioned in her filmography below, she also worked in a feature film as first director's assistant. She writes short stories, published in some literature magazines; Lacivert, Koridor, Patika, Sonra Edebiyat ve Kül Story Magazine. She received special mention prizes with some of her stories. She has a Turkish Republic Culture and Tourism Ministry supported feature film script, dated 2007, named “Little Fish”. Her short film story “The Waiting” was supported by TURSAK Foundation and the Turkish Cultural Ministry. She is currently working in a script writing group and working on her own stories.

The Waiting (Bekleyis, 2008, short; 2nd Sarajevo Talent Campus)
Women of the Lake (Golun Kadinlari, 2007, documentary)
Sevda (2007, short; II. Silkroad Film Festival Competition)
Yakup (2006, short)
Yusuf and Ismail (2005, short)
A Short Film About Luck! (2002, short)