Pelin Esmer

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Pelin Esmer (born 1972, Istanbul) is a Turkish screenwriter and director.[1]


Pelin Esmer studied anthropology at the social sciences department of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She made her first short documentary, Koleksiyoncu (The Collector) about her uncle Mithat Esmer, who is also the main character of her first fiction feature, 10 to 11 (2009). Her 2005 work, Oyun, was filmed in Arslanköy and documents the efforts of a group of peasant women who produce a play based on their lives.[2] Her 2012 film, Watchtower, earned five awards, including Best Director at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival.[3]


  • 2002 Koleksiyoncu: The Collector (documentary)
  • 2005 Oyun (documentary)
  • 2009 10 to 11
  • 2012 Watchtower


  • Yilmaz Güney Award at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 2006 (for Oyun)
  • Best film from the Black Sea region 2006 (for Oyun)
  • Best film and best script at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 2009 (for 10 to 11)
  • Best young filmmaker from the Middle East region at the Middle East Film Festival Abu Dhabi in 2009 (for 10 to 11)


  1. ^ "'Watchtower' director Pelin Esmer says contradictions make life more real". Today's Zaman. November 21, 2012. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Spence, Louise; Navarro, Vinicius (2011). Crafting Truth: Documentary Form and Meaning. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-0-8135-4902-6.
  3. ^ Dönmez-Colin, Gönül (2013). The Routledge Dictionary of Turkish Cinema. Routledge. pp. 158–159. ISBN 978-1-317-93726-5.

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