The Mandarin Tree*
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Release Year & TMFF Edition:
2018 - July 2019
Cengiz Akaygün
18 minutes
TMFF Awards:
2019 Winner: FILM OF THE YEAR; July Winner - Film of the Month, Director of the Month, Screenwriter of the Month & Actor of the Month


After her father is arrested for political reasons by the Turkish government, little Sirin is finally allowed to visit him in prison for the first time. When a prison official interprets her painting of a bird as an anarchistic symbol and confiscates it, the girl is devastated, but her father encourages her to believe in the freedom of thought. For her second visit, she paints a “harmless” mandarin tree. – Will her hidden message be discovered?


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