My Name Is Happy

United Kingdom, Turkey2022documentary82'Międzynarodowy konkurs dokumentalny (2023)

In 2015, Turkish-Kurdish singer Mutlu Kaya was shot in the head in her own house and suffered a serious brain injury. This event put an end to her dazzling career resulting in disability and long years of mundane rehabilitation. The film authors follow the life of the girl who decided to bring the culprit to justice and put up a fight for the recovery of her voice. At the same time, due to her popularity in social media, she became the symbol of opposition against the impunity of perpetrators of the so-called honour killings whose victims are many women from South-East Turkey.

directed by
Nick Read, portret reżysera
Nick Read

Nick Read is an Emmy & BAFTA nominated filmmaker known for making acclaimed observational documentaries. He has shot & directed over 50 films, many of them in remote or high-risk locations (,,Inside Israel's Jails"; ,,Slumdog Children of Mumbai"; ,,The Condemned" etc). His work has won 2 Foreign Press Association awards, the Rory Peck Impact Award and the Creative Diversity Award for best documentary. His most recent feature documentary, ,,Bolshoi Babylon", produced by Simon Chinn, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, opened in 100 UK cinemas and was long listed for BAFTA & Academy awards.

Ayse Toprak, portret reżysera
Ayse Toprak

Ayse Toprak recently relocated from Istanbul to London. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has an MA in Media Studies at the New School. From 2011, she worked extensively for Al Jazeera in Turkey, London and Doha, producing social and political documentaries in the Middle East. In 2016 Ayse began work on her first feature documentary, ,,Mr Gay Syria". To date the film has screened at over 70 international festivals including IDFA, Sheffield DocFest, MOMA fortnight, Chicago Film Festival etc. The film won 14 awards, most of which were granted for enlightening human rights.

Meryem Yavuz
Smith & Elms
Anna Price
Nick Read (October Films), Mahmut Kaya (Red Zed Films)
Kadr z filmu My Name Is Happy