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The Pageant

Documentary, 83 min, 2020


Every year since 2011, a unique beauty contest takes place in Haifa. The contestants are female survivors of the Holocaust. In the midst of this flashy spectacle sponsored by an Evangelical Christian organization, the personal traumas of the survivors remain as deep as ever. A documentary about how memory, politics and spectacle are interconnected.


Visions du Réel - International Feature Film Competition  ( WORLD PREMIERE)
Sarajevo Film Festival - Documentary Competition

Odessa International Film Competition - European Documentary Competition

Rhode Island International Film Festival

Istanbul Film Festival - National Documentary Competition

Antalya Golden OrangeFilm Festival - National Documentary Competition

Human Rights Film Festival Lugano

Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote

Traces de Vies - Compétition 2021 / Regard Documentaire Hors Frontières


Istanbul Modern Cinema

Turkish National Critics Association - Best Feature Documentary Award Nominee




"The film accuses without a word, in a very efficient and intelligent way, the radical strangeness, not to say the sweet obscenity, of its subject."

Le Monde's review (in French)


"Complex and nuanced"

Cineuropa (twitter)


"an eye for detail, especially uncomfortable ones"

Cineuropa's review  (Marta Bałaga)

"Ipeker deliberately creates associations that make you shiver" review (in German)


"Ipeker’s approach could not be better suited to his film’s flabbergasting subject"

Ubiquarian (Bénédicte Prot)


"Ipeker deliberately creates associations that make you shiver" (Anne Küper) - in German


"The Pageant (...) is able to use its feature-length to raise more of the troubling psychological aspects of the event, in a non-conclusive, humbly observational manner that never presumes to condemn the choices of its subjects."

Modern Times Review (Carmen Gray)


Listed as:

Best Films of 2020 - Michael Sicinski

Best Turkish Films of 2020 - Yiğit Atılgan (Bantmag)

Best Turkish Films of 2020 - Burcu Aykar (Altyazı Film Magazine)




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North American Distribution by Grasshopper Film

Worldwide Sales by Go2Films

Streaming at Mubi Türkiye

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Directed and Edited by Eytan İpeker

Produced by Yoel Meranda (Kamara - Turkey), Carine Chichkowsky (Survivance - France), Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck (Spiro Films - Israel), Kristina Konrad (Welt Film - Germany)

Director of Photography: Itay Marom

Sound Design: Emmanuel Soland

Assistant Director: Elina Margolin

Producer’s Assistant: Amitai Pnini

Post-Production: ColorUp (Istanbul), Volte Film (Berlin)


Supported by CNC, Procirep-Angoa, Tënk & Mediapart (France), New Film Fund (Turkey)

Pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket 2018, Istanbul Meetings on the Bridge Work-in-Progress 2019 (Color Up Award)


2010 - present
2010 - present