Through its heart-breaking story and beautiful cinematography, the multiple-award winner and debut feature of Kıvanç Sezer, “Babamın Kanatları” (My Father’s Wings), lays bare the conditions of the so-called “new Turkey,” as the leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) has dubbed its achievements over the past decade.
The luxurious high rises sprawling across big cities around Turkey are juxtaposed against the poor conditions of the construction workers who build them in Sezer’s film. At the center of the story is İbrahim, played by veteran actor Menderes Samancılar, who won two awards at the Antalya and Adana film festivals for his role in the film.
İbrahim is a seasoned construction worker who has left his family in the eastern city of Van to work in Istanbul in the hopes of buying a house to secure the future of his family. We soon learn that İbrahim and his family lost their house in the 2011 Van earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 600 people and rendered thousands more homeless.