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My Child

  • Director Can Candan
  • Producers Can Candan, Ayşe Çetinbaş, Gökçe İnce
  • Co-producer H. Metehan Özkan
  • Director of Photography Oğuz Yenen
  • Sound Öğünç Hatipoğlu
  • Editing Gökçe İnce
  • Asistant Director Boysan Yakar
  • Country Turkey - 2013
  • Time 82'
  • Language Turkish

What happens when your child comes out to you?

'My Child' is about a very courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey, who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals. They have not only gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they are, but also have taken the next step to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public. In MY CHILD seven parents intimately share their experiences with the viewer, as they redefine what it means to be parents, family, and activists in this conservative, homophobic, and trans-phobic society.



Can Candan is an independent filmmaker and a lecturer at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.  He has taught film and video courses and workshops, both in USA and Turkey. His works have been screened internationally at festivals, conferences, in galleries and on television.



“Boycott Coke” (1989), “Exodus” (1991), “DuvarlarMauernWalls” (2000), “3 Hours” (2008)

·         12th !f International Independent Film Festival, Istanbul-Ankara-Izmir, Turkey, February-March 2013

·         2nd Warsaw Turkish Films Week and Film Market, Poland, April 2013

·         3rd Nar Film Festival, Antep, Turkey, May 2013

·         15th International Eskisehir Film Festival, Turkey, May 2013

·         16th Flying Broom Women's Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey, May 2013

·         6th Ege Documentary Film Days, Izmir, Turkey, May 2013

·         3rd Filmamed Documentary Film Festival, Diyarbakir,Turkey, May 2013 – JURY SPECIAL PRIZE

·         6th Documentarist - Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey, June 2013

·         7th Balıkesir Cinema Days, Turkey, June 2013

·         6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, June 2013

·         19th MedFilm Festival, Rome, Italy, June 2013

·         London Open City Docs Film Fest, UK, June 2013

·         8th Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival, Cyprus, August 2013

·         12th DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo, August 2013

·         37th Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, August 2013

·         15th Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival, Greece, September 2013 – BEST FILM AWARD

·         3rd Bodrum Turkish Films Week, Turkey, September 2013

·         8th Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival, Germany, October 2013

·         6th Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival, South Africa, November 2013

·         8th Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 2013

·         “Filmreihe Tüpisch Türkisch” Cologne Turkish Films Week, Germany, November 2013

·         18th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition, USA, November 2013 – BEST DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD

·         6th This Human World - Vienna International Human Rights Film Festival, Austria, December 2013

·         3rd EU Human Rights Film Days, Turkey, December 2013

·         5th Merlinka International Queer Film Festival, Serbia, December 2013, Bosnia & Herzegovina, February, 2014

·         7th One World Romania International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Romania, March 2014

·         London Human Rights Watch Film Festival, UK, March 2014

·         25th Munich Turkish Film Days, Germany, March 2014

·         21th Multicultural Film Festival, Amherst, MA, USA, March 2014

·         11th Paris Turkish Films Festival, France, April 2014

·         4th International Youth Film Festival, Bursa, Turkey, April 2014

·         TISFEST – Teen International Shorts Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2014

·         17th Flying Broom Women's Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey, May 2014 - THEME AWARD

·         9th International Labor Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2014

·         13th Moldovan LGBT Pride Festival, Moldova, May 2014

·         13th New York Turkish Film Festival, NY, USA, May 2014

·         5th Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India, May 2014

·         3rd International Children’s Rights Film Festival, Bursa, Turkey, May 2014

·         18 th International Documentary Film Festival of Santiago, FIDOCS, Chile, June 2014

·         8th FIWOM Film Festival for Women's Rights, South Korea, September 2014

·         3rd Queerstreifen Film Festival, Germany, November 2014

·         18th Queersicht LGBT Film Festival, Switzerland, November 2014 

·         6th Passion for Freedom Festival, UK, November 2014

·         7th Beijing Queer Film Festival, China, November 2014 

·         Seattle Turkish Film Festival, WA, U.S.A., November 2014

·         17th International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, December 2014

·         Vancouver Turkish Film Festival, Canada, January 2015

·         18. Pink Apple - Lesbian and Gay Filmfestival 2015, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2015 – BEST DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD