BABA, work in progress. 

BABA is part two in my trilogy of non-stereotypical migration stories.  

Ceylan Ulu (65) spent his childhood in Pörnek, a plain between Izmir and Ankara with about three hundred houses where the inhabitants lived off poppy cultivation.

The calcerous water in the village could not be used to cook with, therefore, Ceylan walked to a well outside the village with a donkey and two jugs every day.

During the ride he sang folk songs. When people asked him what he wanted to become later, he replied: 'voice artist’.

In 1975, Ceylan emigrated to the Netherlands to provide his leftist ideology with, as he says: ‘western Knowledge’.

When an emigration counselor asked what he wanted to study here, he grabbed a university leaflet from the table and flipped through it until he saw aerospace engineering.
That seemed fun.  He told the employee to write down that he was going to study aerospace engineering. And so it happened.

However, he did not return to his homeland but met a Dutch woman with whom he got three daughters.  

The oldest being graduated actress Serin who now makes music and podcasts. Or as the eleven year old Ceylan would call it ‘voice artist’. 

In the film, Serin asks her father about migration, loneliness, creativity, love and familiy honor.  

As with NOBU (part 1), I will work together with fashion designer Lisa Konno for BABA. Together we want to underline the poetry of this story in its design.


Baba is supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie & Film Fonds and produced by Boondocs. The film will have it’s world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam.