Voice of My Father
Director
Orhan Eskikoy, Zeynel Dogan
Writer
Orhan Eskikoy
Actors
Basê Doğan, Gülizar Doğan, Zeynel Dogan
Runtime
1 h 28 min
Release Date
1 November 2012
Genres
Drama, Family
Overview
A haunting sociopolitical drama blending fiction and documentary to elucidate the turbulent history of a Kurdish family. Mehmet (co-director Zeynel Dogan) lives with his pregnant wife in Diyarbakir, eastern Turkey. His father was fatally injured while working in Saudi Arabia and all he has left is an audio tape letter. Now he is to become a father himself, he visits his mother to ask about more of these cassettes but she’s evasive, reluctant to upset Mehmet’s view of his father with the whole dark story.
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VOICE OF MY FATHER

Voice of My Father is a German, French & Turkish drama in Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles. An illiterate Kurdish mother Basê (Basê Dogan) and a never at home father, Mustafa, raise two sons in Turkey. Movie shows their life around the year 2009. Mustafa has always worked elsewhere, and they would communicate by mailing audio tapes back and forth.

Voice of my Father drama

 

The younger son Mehmet (Zeynel Dogan) with a pregnant wife comes home to learn about his roots using these audio tapes, if he can find them. The Mom prevents him from finding the tapes since there is nothing nice on the tapes, just blame, regret and repression by the Turks. The oldest son left home, and the Dad just disappeared.

This movie was excellent showing the Mom’s deteriorating mind, her sadness, the son’s frustration, Turkish repression, and the general bleakness of life – it was so sad and bleak and depressing – it was mesmerizing. Nothing is truly explained until the last 2 minutes. The only laughter in the entire movie is the Mom on an audio tape talking to her youngest son when he was about 5. At one point, I unpaused the movie, but it wasn’t even paused, just really, really, slow and did I mention depressing.

Voice of my Father drama

This drama is even more depressing and more poignant after the US pulled out of Syria in October 2019 and is now no longer protecting the Kurds from the Turks.  There is one scene in the movie showing the intimidation of this Kurdish family by the Turks.

 

 

 

The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending
At the very end of the Voice of My Father drama you see the Father, Mustafa, run his backhoe off the cliff and is killed.  The oldest, educated son, Hasan, ends up fighting for the Kurdish “guerillas.”  The other son has a pregnant wife and is living in Turkey trying to understand his family’s past.  The Mom, living in the house the kids grew up in, since she can’t read or write, constantly plays the audio tapes from the husband Mustafa, and answering a phone that rings only for her.  She is most unhappy and beginning to get dementia and just keeps waiting for the husband and oldest son to come home, which will never happen.

 

 

Movie Details

Director
Orhan Eskikoy, Zeynel Dogan
Writer
Orhan Eskikoy
Actors
Basê Doğan, Gülizar Doğan, Zeynel Dogan
Runtime
1 h 28 min
Release Date
1 November 2012
Genres
Drama, Family
Overview
A haunting sociopolitical drama blending fiction and documentary to elucidate the turbulent history of a Kurdish family. Mehmet (co-director Zeynel Dogan) lives with his pregnant wife in Diyarbakir, eastern Turkey. His father was fatally injured while working in Saudi Arabia and all he has left is an audio tape letter. Now he is to become a father himself, he visits his mother to ask about more of these cassettes but she’s evasive, reluctant to upset Mehmet’s view of his father with the whole dark story.

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