Hejar is a 2001 film written and directed by Handan Ipekci. The film's Turkish title translates as "Big Man, Little Love". The film won nine awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor & Actress at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, and won the ''People's Choice Awardat the 2003 Istanbul International Film Festival.
An orphaned Kurdish child (Hejar) and a Turkish pensioner (Rifat) are thrown together by circumstance. Rifat, a widowed retired judge, refuses to get involved in politics. He is forced out of his solitude, when Hejar'' the only survivor of a police raid on his Kurdish neighbors, takes refuge at his home. Gradually, he warms up to the kid and decides to reunite her with her family.
Sukran Gungor as Rifat Bey
Dilan Ercetin as Hejar
Fusun Demirel as Sakine
Yildiz Kenter as Muzeyyen Hanim
Ismail Hakki Sen as Evdo Emmi
Golden Orange & Special Jury Awards , Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2001.
Silver Pyramid Award, Cairo International Film Festival, 2002.
Best Screenplay Award, Cologne Mediterranean Film Festival, 2002.
People's Choice Award, Istanbul International Film Festival, 2003.
Hejar, Reviewed by Neil Smith, BBC, Jan. 2003.