Brother's Keeper

  • Feature
  • 2021
  • 87 Minutes
  • Turkey
  • Language: Turkish and Romanian

Strict rules prevail at a remote boarding school in the mountains of Anatolia where Turkish teachers educate gifted Kurdish pupils from the surrounding area. Once a week, the boys are allowed to shower and, like everything else here, this process is monitored. One night, twelve-year-old Memo asks his friend Yusuf if he can sleep in his bed. But, afraid of gossip, Yusuf refuses. The next morning, Memo is sick and cannot attend class. The school’s heating has broken down and an icy winter’s day takes its course. Memo’s condition worsens. He is no longer responsive and Yusuf is only allowed to talk when prompted. Gradually, the events of the previous night are revealed. Ferit Karahan’s finely spun drama illuminates a microcosm marked by poverty and fear. Surrounded by snow and frost, the emotional coldness which prevails between teachers and pupils in this authoritarian educational institution become almost physically tangible.

Director: Ferit Karahan

Screenwriter: Ferit Karahan, Gülistan Acet

Production Company: Flama Booking, Piatra Neamț

Premier Status: MENA Premiere



2021: Berlin International Film Festival, Panorama

2021: Moscow International Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Ferit Karahan, Gülistan Acet

Producer: Kanat Doğramacı

Editor: Sercan Sezgin, Hayedeh Safiyari, Ferit Karahan

Sound: Srdjan Kurpjel, Kenan Güleşçe

DOP / Camera: Türksoy Gölebeyi

Cast: Samet Yıldız, Ekin Koç, Mahir İpek, Melih Selçuk, Cansu Fırıncı, Nurullah Alaca


Ferit Karahan

Born in Muş, Turkey in 1983, he first worked as an assistant director before beginning to make his own short films. His debut feature, The Fall from Heaven, won Best Film at the Antalya Film Festival and Best First Film at the Ankara International Film Festival. Okul Tıraşı is his second feature film.

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