Blue ID

Mavi Kimlik

25th TiDF: Greek Premiere

On October 4, 2012, a beaming Rüzgar Erkoçlar received his first testosterone injection, marking an important step in his gender affirmation. Could he have imagined then how arduous that journey would be? That traditional Turkey would make him front-page news because formerly he was a well-known actor? Maybe so, because this film leaves no doubt about the degree of homophobia and transphobia in Turkish society. The crowning glory of this transition is the exchange of his pink identity card for a blue one. The entire process, a path paved with frustration, humiliation, and endless waiting, is captured in home movie-esque observations and self-assured phone videos. An intimate report of a struggle with self-realization and acceptance in a traditional society, under intense media scrutiny.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Vuslat Karan, Burcu Melekoğlu
Cinematography: Burcu Melekoğlu, Vuslat Karan, Meryem Yavuz
Editing: Burcu Melekoğlu
Music: Robert Murray Jamieson
Production: Moxie
Producers: Vuslat Karan, Burcu Melekoğlu
Co-production: Heimatlos Films
Co-producers: Dilek Aydin, Efe Durmaz
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Türkiye
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 84'
Contact: Moxie
Awards/Distinctions: NPO IDFA Audience Award – IDFA 2022

Vuslat Karan


2006 Uprooting from the City (short)
2010 Scorpion (short fiction)
2011 Tangled (short fiction)
2022 Blue ID (co-direction)

Burcu Melekoğlu


2000 Bamako (short)
2002 Reiki (short)
2006 My First Second Home (short)
2022 Blue ID (co-direction)