Forced to leave the comfort of his upper-middle-class lifestyle at his father’s behest, fourteen-year-old Ahmet is sent to an all-boys religious dormitory where he must navigate familial expectations, his religious obligations, and the childhood he so desperately clings to. Set against the backdrop of a society’s bitter tension between devout Islamists and secularists, Dormitory explores a young boy’s loss of innocence while trying to navigate between his father’s expectations for his future and his desire for autonomy.
Nehir Tuna received a master's degree in directing from Rochester Institute of Technology and began Columbia University's Graduate Film Program in 2016. In 2007, he directed his first short film, 'Virgin Island.' He has won many national and international awards for his short films' Grandpas Knows Best' (2012), 'Hemorrhoids' (2015), and 'The Shoes' (2018). His first feature project, 'Dormitory,' which was selected for Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2019 and Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab in 2020, had its world premiere at the 2023 Venice Film Festival.