This event is free and open to the public.

Watchtower, film

Film introduction and discussion
with Pelin Esmer, filmmaker

Wednesday, January 22
Liberty Hall, 7 p.m.

Turkish filmmaker Pelin Esmer will introduce and present her award-winning feature Watchtower. Beautiful vistas and a window into rural life frame the story of a man and woman, brought together by chance, as they face their demons in a fire watchtower in the mountains of Turkey. This intense, heart-wrenching drama broaches difficult subjects of incest, guilt, death and the equality of women. Notice: This film contains adult themes and nudity.

Esmer was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She began her career by taking classes from Yavuz Ozkan, a legendary Turkish director, then began lecturing on documentary filmmaking at Istanbul's Kadir Has University, all while working on foreign projects. In 2005 Esmer founded her own film company, Sinefilm. Her first film is called Oyun (The Play), and received many awards around the world.

Watchtower is her second film and has won five awards at the Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival, including Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and best Cinematography.

Additional Activities

During Esmer's residency in Lawrence, she will share her insight with local filmmakers and film students. Learn more.


This performance is part of the Caravanserai project. The project creates new pathways for Americans to experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim art.