drama | 18 min | HD

The Mandarin Tree

Turkey today: After a long incarceration as a political prisoner, Seyid is allowed to receive visitors for the first time. His eight-year-old daughter’s drawing of a bird is interpreted by the guards as an anarchist symbol, and is destroyed. Nevertheless, Seyid’s belief in freedom of thought is unbroken. His daughter understands, and when she comes to visit a second time, she draws a "harmless" mandarin tree. Will her hidden message be recognized?


Funded by:
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Completed:
June 2018
Shot in:
March 2017
Locations:
Dueren, Germany
Script:
Cengiz Akaygün
Duc-Thi Bui
Director:
Cengiz Akaygün

Cast:
Billey Demirtas
Beren Tuna
Ecem Türkmen
Yasar Cetin
Ferhat Keskin

DoP:
Nils A. Witt
Production design:
Zahra Elmas
Costume design:
Monika Lange
Make-Up artist:
Isabella Beyer
Editing:
Annette Duwe

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