It's a special day in town. They are getting ready to welcome their first foreign teacher. However, Julia, an accidental tourist is mistaken for her. And a wind of change starts to blow in the town. Handful of Fate, tells three stories on this very day.

Young Ahmet plans to run away with his forbidden lover from the village. Everything falls apart as he is assigned to be Julia's English guide. But she doesn't speak English.

Pharmacist Zeynep's story is about her struggle with her lover Celal and the townspeople over leaving for the city. With Volkan's arrival at the pharmacy, it's another chance for the townspeople to spread the rumor to separate them.

And there's little Sherlock Ragip who is on a quest with little Sevgi from the village for a love letter that he wrote to Zeynep, but got stolen from his pocket at the foreign teacher's welcoming ceremony.

Handful of Fate aims to present the modest acts for change of the townspeople despite the social repression.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Short films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique; Social change in motion pictures; Teachers in motion pictures; Turkey--In motion pictures

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Adrianne Carageorge

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Malcolm Spaull

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Baris Pirhasan


RIT – Main Campus

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