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Interview: Nehir Tuna – Yurt (Dormitory) | 2019 January Screenwriters Lab

Interview: Nehir Tuna – Yurt (Dormitory) | 2019 January Screenwriters Lab

Among those selected to take part in the Sundance Institute January Screenwriters Lab we find Nehir Tuna who brought Yurt (Dormitory) to the Sundance Mountain Resort just prior to the launch of the 2019 edition of Sundance. A filmmaker on a dozen shorts since 2004, Tuna is in the MFA Graduate Film Program at Columbia University.

Dormitory is what happens when forced to leave the comfort of his middle class lifestyle at his father’s behest, eleven-year-old Ahmet is sent to an all-boys religious dormitory where he must navigate familial expectations, his religious obligations, and the childhood to which he so desperately clings. Here is a quick chat with Nehir Tuna during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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