Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees to Europe, giving them temporary shelter and scant food until they attempt their crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life of crime, but can’t help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation and human suffering. Can you avoid becoming a monster when you’ve been raised by one?

Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name by Hakan Günday, which has been translated into more than 7 languages worldwide, “Daha” is the gripping story of a boy that gets to grow up in a world where there’s no room for innocence.

2017 – Turkey – 115 minutes – Turkish, Arabic, Feature/ Drama

Original title: Daha

Directed by: Onur Saylak
Written by: Hakan Günday, Onur Saylak, Doğu Yaşar Akal
Cinematography by: Feza Çaldıran
Edited by: Ali Aga
Cast: Hayat Van Eck, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Turgut Tunçalp, Tankut Yıldız, Tuba Büyüküstün
Producer: Kerem Çatay
Co-producer: Ziya Cemre Kutluay

Produced by: Ay Yapim
Co-produced by: b.i.t. arts 

  • Karlovy Vary IFF (world premiere)
  • Film by the Sea
  • Batumi IFF
  • Calgary IFF
  • Bergen IFF
  • Ghent IFF
  • Mumbai FF
  • Busan IFF
  • Tofifest
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Seminci Valladolid IFF
  • Stockholm IFF
  • Films from the South
  • Scanorama
  • Kolkata IFF
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF
  • Brussels Mediteranean Film Festival
  • Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!
  • Pune IFF
  • Dhaka IFF | Best Director, Best Script
  • Sudan Independent FF
  • Glasgow FF
  • Bengaluru IFF
  • Titanic Budapest IFF
  • East End FF | Best Film
  • Mooov FF
  • Cyprus Film Days
  • Police Film Festival of Liege
  • Humboldt University
  • D’A FF
  • Taipei Literature Festival
  • Within the Family
  • Galway FF
  • Manarat Festival
  • Giffoni FF
  • Turkish Film Festival
  • Divan FF
  • Taste of Anatolia
  • OFFF Otranto Film Fund Festival
  • Cinemagic IFF for Young People
  • ImagineIndia

“An impressively controlled and complex debut” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A film that impresses for its craftsmanship and performances” – Variety

“Onur Saylak takes a young boy’s coming of age and frames it as a searing morality play” – Screen

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