Can Candan is a documentary filmmaker and an academician. He holds a BA from Hampshire College (USA) in film and video, and an MFA (a terminal degree) from Temple University (USA) in film and media arts. His works have been screened internationally at festivals, conferences, in galleries and on television. His documentaries include “Boycott Coke” (1989), “Exodus” (1991), “DuvarlarMauernWalls” (2000), “3 Hours” (2008). He has taught film and video courses and workshops, both in universities and media education centers in the United States and in Turkey. Between 2000-2005, he was a faculty member, department chair and director of the MA program at Istanbul Bilgi University's Film and TV department. Between 2005-2009, he taught at Sabancı University and since 2007, he has been a faculty member at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a founding member of docIstanbul - Center for Documentary Studies. “My Child” is his third feature documentary film.
Ayşe Çetinbaş is a producer and director. She graduated from the Economics Faculty of Istanbul University and has worked as a production assistant and a producer in various domestic and foreign documentary projects. She was the producer of the documentary 'Prison Nr.5: 1980-84' which received the Antalya Golden Orange Best Documentary Award in 2009, the Best Documentary Award of 2009 from SIYAD and Best Documentary award at Ankara Film Festival in 2009. 'Yıldız Alpar: From Bedii Raks Till Today', is the first documentary she directed. Ayşe Çetinbaş produces together with Gökçe İnce independant documentary films at Surela Film Productions.
Documentary filmmaker and editor Gökçe İnce, graduated from Middle East Technical University’s Chemistry Department. After finishing her MS in the Industrial Design Department of the same university, she received her MA from Istanbul Bilgi University’s Film and Television Department in 2009. She worked on various documentary films including “Muezzin”, where she was the assistant director and editor. “Muezzin” was screened at Karlovy Vary and Sarajevo Film Festivals. She has been working as an editor since 2008, has begun to produce documentaries with Ayşe Çetinbaş.
H. Metehan Özkan
Hasan Metehan Özkan, graduated from Marmara University’s Department of Political Sciences and International Relations in 1998. He received his MBA from Yeditepe University and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology there. Between 1996-2000 he worked for the Istanbul Office of International Immigration Organization of the United Nations. Later he was involved in Civil Involvement Projects of Sabancı University. He is writing his dissertation on the families of LGBT individuals, which is at the core of the organization LİSTAG (Families of LGBTs in Istanbul), where he works as a volunteer.
Director of Photography
Oğuz Yenen teaches video production, short film production and lighting courses at Istanbul Bilgi University. Since 1984, he has worked in film projects as director of photography, especially in Germany. Since 2001, he has taught film courses in Turkey, at Bahçeşehir University, Kadir Has University and Middle East Technical University. Between 2007-2011, Oğuz Yenen was the lighting designer for the exhibitions at Santral Istanbul.
Mehmet Tarhan is a conscientious objector and a LGBT activist. Until 2000 he worked as a veterinary health technician in Diyarbakır-Lice. In 2001 he resigned and got involved in the LGBT movement and the same year he declared his conscientious objection. Tarhan works at SPoD Social Policies, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association as Field Coordinator in Accessing Law and Justice.
Boysan Yakar graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Integrated Arts in 2008. Since 2005 he has been active in the LGBT Movement in Turkey. He worked as an assistant director and producer in the short documentaries “Transvestite Terror” (International Izmir Short Film Festival, Best Documentary, 2005), “We’re Walking” (Akbank Short Film Festival, Honorable Mention in Documentary Award, 2007) and “The Transvestites” (2009). He also appeared as an actor in video performances “Empty Street” (2008), and “Only Me-letthegoodtimesroll” (2010). Yakar, has been a volunteer for LİSTAG since 2010.