Turkish Movie Nights: Official Submission for Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of 2010
Six-year-old Yusuf has started primary school and is learning how to read and write, although he’s not doing particularly well at it. His best friend is his father, Yakup, who makes his living as a honey-gatherer. One morning, Yusuf tells his father about a dream he had the previous night – a dream that he insists must be a secret that they share with no-one else.
Later that same day, Yusuf stutters while reading aloud and is ridiculed by his classmates. He slips into silence, which distresses his mother, but she doesn’t know how to help him. Yakup is away, searching far into the forest for the bees that have mysteriously disappeared, so Yusuf’s mom sends Yusuf to spend Mirac Night (the sacred night of the Ascension of the Prophet) with his grandmother, who lives far from their village. Upon hearing the story of the Mirac, Yusuf is inspired to search for his father deep in the forest. Will the dream that he shared with his father come true?
– Synopsis from KaplanFilm Production
"Bal" is part of a four-film series of Turkish Film Nights presented by the Turkish Canadian Cultural Association in association with the Embassy Of The Republic Of Turkey.
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