Voice of My Father

  • 88'
  • Turkey
  • 2012
The Kurdish Memet ('played' by co-director Zeynel Dogan) lives with his pregnant wife in Diyarbakir, a town in eastern Turkey. Mehmet’s mother Basé (Asiye Dogan, who is also really Zeynel’s mother) lives alone in the parental home in Elbistan, an almost deserted village. Mehmet’s elder brother Hasan has fled the country after he had joined the guerrilla movement. Since then, he has not been in touch.
Their father Mustafa left for Saudi Arabia to earn money for his family. He had a fatal accident at work, and all that Mehmet has of his is one of the audio cassettes sent back and forth instead of letters (his parents couldn’t read or write). Now he is going to be a father himself, Mehmet asks his mother about the other cassettes. She stalls, not wanting to change the picture that Mehmet has of his father. Voice of My Father is a poetic meditation about identity and blood bonds, as well as a profound portrait of a country in transition, wrestling with its past. Just as in the previous film by Orhan Eskiköy, On the Way to School, language is crucially important. And like that film, Voice of My Father balances between fiction and documentary.

Orhan Eskiköy, Zeynel Dogan
World premiere
Countries of production
Turkey, Germany, France
Production Year
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Original title
Babamin sesi
Kurdish, Turkish
Özgür Dogan, Dirk Decker, Michael Eckelt, Guillaume de Seille
Production Companies
Perisan Film, Riva Filmproduktion GmbH, Arizona Productions
Perisan Film
Orhan Eskiköy
Emre Erkmen
Cicek Kahraman, Orhan Eskiköy
Production Design
Emre Yurtseven, Meral Efe
Sound Design
Serdar Ongoren
Gulizar Dogan, Zeynel Dogan
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund