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In 1950, amid the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic and on the verge of death, the girl captures Süleyman’s heart. He risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his army base and out of harm’s way. Unable to communicate with her, Süleyman names the girl Ayla. The two form an instantaneous and inseparable bond, and Ayla brings an uncanny joy to the Turkish brigade in the grip of war.
As the war comes to a close, Süleyman’s brigade is told that they will be returning home. Süleyman does everything within his power to take Ayla with him, but ultimately he is forced to give her to an orphanage. Will the two ever see each other again? Ayla: The Daughter of War was chosen as Turkey’s official submission for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards. Description adapted from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Dir.: Sıtkı Can Ulkay, Turkey/South Korea, 2017, 125 min., DCP, Turkish, Korean, and English with English subtitles)