Women’s Country/ Kadınlar Ülkesi

country, year
Turkey, 2019


running time

directed by
Sirin Bahar Demirel

Turkish, Arabic


about the film
»Women’s Country«, follows the director’s everlasting search for the meaning of home. Often defined by memories and people, is it transient or stable? And can it be tied to a location? In an era where thousands of people are making perilous journeys to find a safe home while others discover new habitable planets in space, these questions cover more than the personal questioning of a Turkish filmmaker moving to the USA. Displaced by the war in Syria and resettled in Florida, USA, Fatima and Huda join her in the exploration of what does it mean to build a new home; to leave things and people behind, by choice or not, and how the past is weaved into the present.

about the author
Sirin Bahar Demirel is a Turkish visual artist working primarily in the mediums of film and photography. She studied cinema in Istanbul, Turkey and got her MA in Artistic Direction of Cultural Projects in Montpellier, France. She makes documentary films with an experimental and playful approach. Her works generally mix the political and the personal.

festivals and awards
Best Documentary Award – 56th Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey, 2019
12th Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019
10th Which Human Rights? Film Festival, Batman, Turkey, 2019
13th Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival, Turkey, 2019
10th Human Rights Documentary Days, İzmir, Turkey, 2019

Life looks for life (2015)
Living With Leviathan (2013)
All My Eyes (2012)