Children of Secret
(A titok gyemekei (Sir cocuklari))
(2002, feature, 35mm, colour, 116 min.)
Ümit Cin Güven
Ümit Cin Güven
Director of photography:
R. Yilmaz Atadeniz
Halil Ibrahim Aras
Memet Ali Alabora
A little boy arrives in Istanbul: Cemil, who has run away from his brutal stepfather’s beatings. It’s dark in the evening as he gets off at the old station called Haydarpasa, located in the Asian part of the town. Cemil is alone, he doesn’t know anybody here. He takes a fancy to the old locomotive exhibited in front of the station, and he spends the night there. He takes his toy clown out of his pocket, which is his only toy, and places it next to himself. In his dream the clown comes alive, and sends the boy to sleep laughing. The next morning Cemil is woken up by the bustling of the town and the loud coming and going of ships. Taking a look around by the sea he meets a group of seventeen-year-old street kids, who are hanging about in the town just like he is, without a proper place to live, without work or a livelihood. Velit, who is the leader of the group, thinks Cemil should go back to his birthplace, but Cemil refuses to even consider it. He has run away from his rough and merciless stepfather, leaving his mother Münever, whom he loved dearly, behind.
The town is fraught with many dangers for a little boy like Cemil. Velit and his friends accept the little boy as one of their own, and take him to a derelict house where ten to fifteen of them gather together every evening.