38th Istanbul Film Festival
National Documentary Competition
Do You Think God Loves Immigrant Kids, Mom?
Director: Rena Lusin Bitmez
Cast: Ruzanna Babayan, Hasmik Varteresyan, Antranik Yedigaryan, Harutyun Boğosyan
Turkey, 2019, 96’, color
Armenian with Turkish, English subtitle
This film tells the struggle of Armenian families migrated to Turkey/Istanbul who try to provide education for their children despite all the circumstances. In the core of this struggle, which started in 2003, there stands a dining hall centered school, located in a basement of a church where migrant children receive education from volunteer educators. During the film, the struggle of children living in a foreign land, their daily lives, their former habits and longings are told through the eyes of migrant children.