San Antonio Film Festival - Capital


A Muslim father, desperate to help his family, struggles over whether to sell his right to vote to an anti-Muslim party.

Interview with Writer/Director Semih Bedir


Congratulations! Why did you make your film?

Thank you! I am always interested in stories centered around a character who faces dilemmas in life.  Capital was a school project at Ohio University and when I was thinking about the script, I saw a tweet from one of my friends back home who was joking about selling his right to vote because he was desperate about not being able to change anything with the election in his country. This gave me the main idea for my story and I created a fictional world where you could sell your right to vote for money. I made my character a Muslim guy who considered selling his right to vote for an anti-Muslim party so I could examine a character’s struggle towards his dilemma.

Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?

If you are interested in a film which asks interesting questions about society and life with a non-didactic approach, you would enjoy watching Capital. 

How do personal and universal themes work in your film?

I think Adam’s struggle in the film is personal and universal. Even though Adam is a Muslim immigrant who is trying to survive and facing the possibility of sacrificing his morals because of the pressures society puts on him, he can belong to any religion or any group in society. Capital is not focusing on Islamophobia but more on a human story about a person who has to give up from something to gain what he needs.



How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development?

The script changed a lot but I can defiantly say I re-wrote the film in the post-production process.

What type of feedback have you received so far?

I screened my film in several different festivals around the world and I got mostly positive feedback. I cannot deny that people did give more attention to my film after Trump’s election even though I made my film before the election and campaign.

 Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?

Most of feedback I got from the audience was that the audience would make empathy with Adam and they mostly told me that they felt the weight of the character even though they weren’t Muslim. I believe this was the main intention for the film and I am happy to see that the reaction from the audience is similar.

What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on

Firstly, I would like to thank you for the opportunity. Having an opportunity to talk about my film and maybe draw people’s attention to it is really important as we are moving stories is a bigger platform. So I really appreciate this opportunity to have my film visible on

 Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?

Pretty much anyone who is interested in my film can help amplify my film’s message.

What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?

I would like this film to plant a seed of thought in the audience for them to contemplate and consider as they go about their lives. That thought can be about what might happen if people could really cash-in on selling their right to vote and what our political system might look like if that were the case.



What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?

I feel like the nature of the story will make people think about Islamophobia but I think this film will question more about what price we place on the ideas or things we have in our own lives. For instance,  how much would we give up for money, especially if health or your identity is at stake? And then the follow-up question to that would be, how can it be for sale in the first place or why do you have to sacrifice your health, identity, or whatnot to survive?

Would you like to add anything else?

Again, I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about my short film.

What other projects are the key creatives developing or working on now?

I just completed my first feature film’s principal photography as my thesis project at Ohio University. It was a unique project where four directors and writers from four different countries came together and decided to tell a family story which takes place in Southeast Ohio. It is divided into four segments and each one tells a story of a family member within the same time frame. It is a really exciting project and currently we are in the post-production stage.


Interview: July 2017


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A Muslim father, desperate to help his family, struggles over whether to sell his right to vote to an anti-Muslim party.

Length: 13 Minutes

Director: Semih Bedir

Producer: Daniel Aguera

Writer: Semih Bedir – Mariah Hagadone-Bedir

Semih Bedir : Semih Bedir is MFA Film student at Ohio University and originally from Turkey.

Where can I see it in the next month?  At the San Antonio Film Festival