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My Name is Happy

WINNER: Krakow Film Festival Best Documentary*           WINNER: Human Rights/ Human Wrongs Award                        SPECIAL MENTION: Dokufest

WINNER: FIFDH Impact Days                                                     WINNER: FIFDH Youth Jury Award                                WINNER: AJB Docs Program Award

      *Oscar qualifying festival award


‘My Name is Happy' tells the story of Kurdish singer Mutlu Kaya. Aged 19, stardom beckoned when she reached

the finals of Turkey’s Got Talent. Days later she was shot by a man trying to abduct her.

Mutlu survived, but with life-changing injuries and a bullet in her brain. As she recovers, the reality of escalating attacks on

Turkish women intrudes when her carer & sister Dilek is murdered by her boyfriend. Mutlu turns to Tik-Tok and her

2 million followers in her relentless pursuit of justice and records a protest song demanding change.

Mutlu means ‘happy’ in Turkish.

"A compelling protagonist... using her voice as a powerful, defiant instrument of protest”

Screen Daily


“The pop star finds a way to pursue justice for her sister, and reach a sense of independence once more"



"There are all the elements of a classic hero’s journey here.....

My Name Is Happy is an urgent film, raising a voice which needs to be heard”

Eye for Film


"A tale of remarkable resilience... inspirational and patiently powerful"

Daily Mail

Directed by

Ayse Toprak & Nick Read

Produced by

Nick Read & Mahmut Kaya

Executive producers

Adam Bullmore, Monica Garnsey, Siobhan Sinnerton & Nevine Mabro

Line producer

Martin Long

Director of Photography

Meryem Yavuz


Anna Price

Original music

Smith & Elms

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