16. March 2017 - 19:30 till 21:50
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MFA Film: 61 Days (Boston Turkish Film Festival) | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Thursday, 16. March 2017

Join us for a screening of Yüksel Aksu's "61 Days (İftarlık Gazoz)" (2016) on the opening night of the 16th annual Boston Turkish Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston! The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director and a reception in Taste Café with a performance by world fusion music group Esthema.

Taking place in the 1970s, the film tells the charming story of Adem, a diligent boy living with his family in an Aegean village blessed with peace and tranquility. After much resistance, his family agrees to let Adem become an apprentice to soda seller Cibar Kemal. Just before Ramadan, the local imam gives a sermon on fasting that makes a deep impression on Adem. Although his parents, his boss, and his role model Hasan are all opposed to his abstaining from food at such a young age, Adem secretly proceeds with his fast while selling soda under the scorching Aegean sun.

This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established Turkish filmmakers with several appearances by guest directors. Most of the films in the program make their North America or US premieres in the festival. Programmed by Erkut Gömülü, founder and director of the Boston Turkish Film Festival. Co-presented by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England.

The MFA's Film Program is recognized as one of the country's leading independent exhibitors of film, presenting more than 500 screenings of independent, foreign and classic films every year.