Director: Sevgi Hirschhäuser
Running Time: 106
Location: Turkey
DCFF SCreening: 2021


Toprak is the dramatic story of a simple family in rural Turkey dealing with poverty, family traditions, and religious heritage. Since the death of his parents, the teenage Burak has lived with his uncle Cemil and grandmother in a remote Turkish village. The small family unit has been trying to make a living by selling fruits. While the religious Cemil is satisfied to live his life in poverty, Burak struggles to leave for the city and attend university. When grandmother falls sick, both Burak and Cemil have to make tough decisions that will change their lives forever.

Screening History & Awards


2020 Cyprus International Film Festival – Best Director

Buffalo International Film Festival – Best Narrative Feature

Lone Star International Film Fest – Best of the Fest

DCFF Screening Information

Turkish with English subtitles

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