The Guest Aleppo to Istanbul –  Turkey, 88′ 2017

Director: Andac Haznedaroglu

Writer: Andac Haznedaroglu

Cinematography: Hayk Kirakosyan

Cast: Saba Mubarak; Muhammed Refki

Producer: Andac Haznedaroglu


This film follows the journey of Lena and Meryem during their flight from the war in Syria. Lena is a ten year old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with the other Syrian refugees. Lena wants to return home, while Meryem’s hope is to reach Europe. They arrive in Istanbul only to face new challenges, they get abandoned by the only people that could help. Their efforts to survive in the big city with all its cruelty and coldness, give us hope. At the end of the tough journey they have both learned to love and take care of each other…


Andac Haznedaroglu

Andac Haznedaroglu


Andac Haznedaroglu was born in Ankara, Turkey. She has graduated from the Acting Program of the Performing Arts and Theatre Department at Anadolu University State Conservatory. Later on, she attended GITIS Acting Stage Management Workshop in Moscow. Her master degree is in Dramaturgy at Anadolu University.

During her television and cinema career over 20 years she has directed many TV series in Turkey. Haznedaroglu is an author of several hit TV dramas like “June Night”, “From Lips to heart”, “Samanyolu” and etc.

She made her feature film debut in the romantic-comedy “Everything For Love” (2016). In 2004, Andac Haznedaroglu founded her own production company “Andac Film Productions”. She is also a lecturer on “Directing For Talent” at Istanbul Bilgi University and Yeditepe University.