Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite

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Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Tunç Başaran
Produced by
Written by
Music by Özkan Turgay
Cinematography Erdal Kahraman
Magnum Film
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Turkey
Language Turkish

Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (Turkish: Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar) is a 1989 Turkish drama film, co-written, co-produced and directed by Tunç Başaran based on a story by Feride Çiçekoğlu, featuring Nur Sürer as a female political prisoners who befriends the child of a fellow inmate. The film was screened in competition at the 26th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, where it won Golden Oranges for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, the 10th Mediterranean International Film Festival, where it won 2nd Best Film, and the 8th Istanbul International Film Festival, where it won Best Turkish Film. The film was selected as the Turkish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]


When a woman is sent to prison for drug smuggling, Barış, her young son, is sent with her, as is the custom in Turkey. Inside this all-women’s penitentiary, Barış (Ozan Bilen) searches for companionship and guidance—and finds them both in the form of Inci (Nur Sürer), a political prisoner with whom he forms a very special bond. A beautifully observed, tender story of the growing affection between a woman and a child who is not her own, Tunç Başaran’s film, with a screenplay by Feride Çiçekoğlu based on her novel, builds an effective counterpoint between the prison world, with its discipline, intrigues and threat of violence, and the private space Inci and Barış manage to create for themselves. Voted Best Turkish Film of the Year at the 1989 Istanbul Film Festival. Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Howard Gilman Theater


See also


  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

External links

  • Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite on IMDb
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