For those of you New Yorkers who’ll be around on December 2nd, 4th and 5th, the 11th New York Turkish Film Festival will be up and running at the School of Visual Arts on 23rd between 8th and 9th Avenue.

The three-day screenings will include debut films (Mommo: The Bogeyman and Autumn), The Last Season: Shawaks, a documentary that takes a closer look at the nomadic Shawak community near Tunceli in Eastern Turkey, and Milk and Chocolate, a short film about a young Turkish girl somewhere in between childhood and womanhood.  Also, two features from the contemporary Turkish cinema will be presented: Pandora’s Box and My Only Sunshine.

Although I personally haven’t watched it (missed it at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival), Pandora’s Box has been getting strong critics around the world. Directed by Yeşim Ustaoğlu and having won awards in Toronto, San Sebastian, New York and Thessalonica among others, it is the story of Nusret, her inner journey and unfolding past.

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