The play | 70 minutes

Ummuye, Behiye, Ummu, Fatma K., Cennet, Saniye, Fatma F., Zeynep and Nesime are nine peasant women living in Arslankoy, a mountain village in southern Turkey. They spend their days working hard in the fields, on the construction site and at home. To lighten the burden of life, these women come together for a wholly different reason. They intend to write and perform a play based on their own life stories.

They gather at the local high school, which they were shy of even stepping into until that day and they work with the principal, Mr. Huseyin. They reveal their life stories that they were even afraid to tell themselves and confront. For days on end, under the curious gazes of the village men, they work tirelessly, discuss and create with much fun a play,

"The Outcry of Women!"

This documentary is about the development process of this play and the change the women went through during this period.

  • director, producer, cinematographer, editor

    • pelin esmer
  • co-producer

    • nida karabol akdeniz
  • original music

    • mazlum çimen
  • production manager

    • peri johnson
  • additional camera for the play scenes

    • mustafa ünlü
    • özlem özbek
  • sound

    • emrah yıldırım
    • bülent kılıç
  • post production supervisor

    • cem yıldırım
  • Türkiye – Fransa – Almanya Ortak Yapımı
  • Turkish-French-German co-production
  • sinefilm (turkey)
  • Stromboli films (france)
  • arte france cinema (france)
  • bredok film production (germany)
    • production company: sinefilm
    • year: 2005
    • country: turkey
    • genre: documentary
    • duration: 70' (Digi Beta), 73' (35 mm)
    • language: turkish
    • subtitles: english, spanish, french
    • shooting format: dv
    • projecting format: Digi Beta
      (color, English, French, Spanish subtitles),
      35 mm (color, English subtitles)
    • sound: stereo
    • screen ratio: 4:3 (Digi Beta), 16:9 (35 mm), DVD
  • Arslankoy Village Theater Group Behiye Yanık, Cennet Güneş, Fatma Fatih, Fatma Kahraman, Hüseyin Arslanköylü,
Naşide Kahraman, Nesime Kahraman,
Saniye Cengiz, Ümmüye Koçak, 
Ümmü Kurt, Zeynep Fatih
  • Tribeca Film Festival (USA)

    • The Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award
  • Trieste Film Festival (Italy)

    • The Best Documentary Film Award
  • Créteil Créteil Women Film Festival (France)

    • The Best Documentary Film Award
  • Navarra Punto de Vista Film Festival (Spain)

    • The Audience Award
  • Nürnberg Turkey/Germany Film Festival (Germany)

    • he Special Prize Of The Jury>
  • Vitoria New European Film Festival (Spain)

    • The Human Rights Award
  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival (Turkey)

    • The In Memoriam Yilmaz Guney Award
  • Boston Turkish Film Festival (USA)

    • The Best Documentary Film Award
  • Centre Médittérrannéen de Comunication Audiovisuelle (International)

    • The Best Mediterranean Documentary Grand Prix, FR3 and Algerian TV Awards
  • Turkish Cinema Writers Assoc. Awards (Turkey)

    • The Special Prize of the Jury