Berke Bas & Melis Birder, Turkey, 2015
An underdog basketball team from hard scrabble Diyarbakir in Southeastern Turkey goes beyond winning games in their mission to rise above prejudice, poverty and political turmoil created by the decades long conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebels who are fighting for local autonomy and cultural rights.
Melis Birder and Berke Bas (both Media Studies graduates from the New School for Social Research, New York) are co-founders of inHouse Projects production company and authors of a number of award-winning documentaries.
Festivals and Awards:
World Premiere in !f Film Festival Istanbul, 2016
2016 Middle East Now Film Festival
Special Jury Mention at Sarajevo Film Festival, 2016
Istanbul IFF, Meetings on the Bridge, 2014
Sarajevo Rough Cut Boutique, 2013
Sundance Documentary Fund Grant for production & post-production, 2012