"A child has to be brought up by elders. But the elders didn't even manage to bring themselves up." (From the film)
A journey into self-discovery, the film takes a personal look at a young woman raised by a single father as she finds her roots in Istanbul and claims her own identity.
A break-up story. We watch, from her point of view, Melisa's separation from her Turkish father, who raised her by himself in Finland. At the age of twenty-six, she decides to go to the last place he'd follow her to, her grandmother's house in Istanbul. She describes her father as a "dominant, manipulative and controlling" person, the exact same way her father describes his mother and the reasons he left Turkey. Their father-daughter relationship appears to be a lovely one. A fun and humorous father, whom we see helping Melisa buy underwear, create an online dating profile for himself with her help, and laughing a lot. Yet, love is a complicated thing with many faces. *Daddy`s Girl and Meral, My Girl will be screened together.
2015 DOK LEIPZIG
Melisa Üneri was born and raised in Oulu, Finland. She studied in England, receiving her MA degree in Dramaturgy and Feature Film Development from Exeter University, where she graduated as first of her class. Melisa's first feature length creative documentary Daddy's Girl premiered in DOK Leipzig in 2015 and is currently traveling in other prominent festivals. In the same year, she directed her first short film in is currently developing a fiction film dealing with sexual double-standards in her usual light tone. Melisa lives in Istanbul.