Feature Film: Toprak

The North Bellarine Film Festival is proud to screen the Australian premiere of this beautifully filmed and acted film from first-time director Sevgi Hirschhäuser.

Australian Classification Board Rating: G

Session opens on 13 November at 7:00 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

This film is only available to Australian audiences

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Directed, written and edited by Sevgi Hirschhäuser

Producer/ Director of Photography: Chris Hirschhäuser

Cast: Numan Cakir (Cemil); Burak Aydin (Burak)

Country: Turkey/ Germany

Language: Turkish with English subtitles

Time: 1:46

Sevgi Hirschhäuser's directorial debut, filmed in Antalya, Turkey, Toprak (translation: soil) tells the dramatic story of a simple family in rural Turkey dealing with poverty, family traditions and religious heritage.

Since the death of his parents, the teenage Burak has lived with his uncle Cemil and grandmother in a remote Turkish village. The small family unit has been trying to make a living by selling fruit. While the religious Cemil is satisfied to live his life in poverty, Burak aspires to leave for the city and attend university.


When his grandmother becomes ill, Burak and Cemil must make tough decisions that will change their lives forever.