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The girl from Turkey has come to France. She is homesick when she meets an older man, a Uighur from China. They speak the same language and the tie between them deepens. Yet another outstanding documentary form this directorial duo.



Turkey / France
Cagla Zencirci (Ankara, 1976) and Guillaume Giovanetti (Lyon, 1978) direct several documentaries in Middle-East and Central Asia, among which "Recovering Bam", shot in Iran, awarded the Special Prize of the Jury in Ankara 2005 and purchased by Planete Channel.
They are then selected at 2 Direction Residences in South Italy. They direct in particular, under the guidance of Abbas Kiarostami, the documentary fiction "Carnegami", Special Prize of the Jury in Saint-Maur Festival (France, 2006), Prize of the Best Film in Noci (Italy, 2007), and screened in many Festivals in Europe, North America and Asia.
They afterwards have the opportunity to shoot the fiction documentary “shantyGARDENtown” in Turkey and Germany, which competes in the Berlinale 2007, in the “Berlin Today Award” Section and is awarded the Best Short Documentary in Barcelona (Spain, 2007). Afterwards it is broadcast on TVE, the Spanish National TV Channel. It is currently screened in all Europe.
They have just achieved their middle-length fiction "Ata" (shot in Super-16 mm with non-professional actors, and dealing with the unexpected meeting in France of a young Turkish girl and an old political refugee from China who turns out to have a Turkish-like mother language). The film has been selected at the 30th Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, awarded the Prize of the Best French Short Film, the Public Prize, at the 30th Int’l Creteil Women Film Festival, and awarded the Prize of the Public at the Fuji Tous Courts Festival in Paris. It starts now its international carreer in Europe and the world.
Cagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti are now in preproduction of their first feature film, “You are my heart, you are my soul”, a Road Movie through Pakistan.
Screening / Award history:
"Ata" :

- Best French Short Film (Prize of the Public), Creteil Women Film Festival, France, March 08

- Fresnes Award, Creteil Women Film Festival, France, March 08

- Public Award, Fuji All Shorts Screening, Paris, France, February 08

- Festivals : Clermont-Ferrand, Altkirch (France), Valencia (Spain), Tanger (Morocco).

Previous films :

More than 60 screenings in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, etc), North America (USA) , Latin America (Mexico), Middle-East (Turkey, Iran), Asia (Korea), Australia, Africa (Morocco).

126 people voted

2009-10-07 02:39:39

Köp güzel film bolmuş. Bütün Türükler bir.
Uyghur Türük & Oghuz Türük kırındaş !!!
2009-08-12 06:51:40

I'm an Uyghur girl from Central Europe.
I wanted write some words, but my tears don't let me to do so...
Thank you Cagla! You did great job for Uyghurs! Thank you Turkey! We feel your love as a child feels from the mother!

2009-08-05 21:51:06

I am Uyghur and like my people!
Thanks for the nice film, it makes me feeling at home.

2009-01-12 23:12:54

very god, bravo

2008-10-20 21:52:31

I could not stop crying from the start to the end. A bit embarrassed of crying in public, I was watching it at school.
That is how I feel too as an Uyghur. We escape China for our lives and the other governments can give us trouble easyly because we are not protected by any governments. The Chinese gov is trying to buy the goverenments around the world to isolate Uyghurs. What I always tell myself is " be strong". But sometimes, like now for example, when I watch something like this I discover that I am a human being too from the tears falling from my eyes. But still "be strong".

2008-10-20 20:05:13

it,s very good film in my life and tald many friends about the film there is many Uygur very interesting that filim thanks alot Cagla Zencirci

2008-10-19 19:38:23

I am uyghur , from china , my english is not very good , after i see this film very very
happy, Congratulates this movie's prize !!!

2008-10-13 12:04:20


2008-10-10 23:30:21

it is so good,congratulations!

2008-10-08 00:02:42

Yasha turk kerindishim ! Uighurni hich unutma!

■ Turan 2009-10-07 02:04:36

Oghuz bilen Uighur bir. We r Türk !!!