Set in 1998 Turkey, The Final Exam is a classroom drama based on actual events. Upholding new academic policy, a university professor tells a devout young Muslim woman to remove her headscarf in order to write a final exam.  Seeing her distress, the young man beside her finds a “strategic” way to guard her privacy. (2020/11:23/Turkish with English Subtitles)

DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT: The Final Exam is a creative response to the passing of Bill 21 in the province of Québec in Canada, legislation that prohibits public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols while on duty. This short classroom drama speaks powerfully to systemic injustice and the undermining of religious rights, personal rights, and women’s rights around the world.


Paris Short Film Festival 2020 / Audience Award (Paris, France)
Nordlys Film & Arts Festival 2021 – Private Intermission Program (Camrose, AB)
Edmonton International Film Festival 2021 / Official Selection (Edmonton, AB)
Waterloo Region Migration Film Festival 2021 (Waterloo, ON)
Parliament of the World’s Religions 2021 (Global Online)
Mosquers Film Festival 2022 (Edmonton, AB)
Yorkton Film Festival 2022 (Yorkton, SK) / Golden Sheaf Award Nominee
Edmonton Short Film Festival 2022 (Edmonton, AB) / Best Social Justice Film & People’s Choice Award
MacEwan University Screening 2022 (Edmonton, AB)
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology – NAIT Screening 2022 (Edmonton, AB)
FAVA FEST 2022 (Edmonton, AB) / Outstanding Narrative Short Award

Creative Team

Beth Wishart MacKenzie Co-Writer, Producer & Director
Ibrahim Cin Co-Writer, Producer & Director
Richard Gustavsen Director of Photography
Hans Olson Consulting Director
Katrina Beatty Assistant Director
Sarah Taylor Picture Editor & Colourist
Johnny Blerot Audio Post-Production & Music Score
Cenk Kaynak Original Music


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August 7, 2020 • 10:25 am

Looking forward to watching it with my community

January 27, 2021 • 9:52 am

I look forward to watch this with the production group after COVID.

Jolie Rock
February 9, 2023 • 9:19 am

Hi webmaster, Thanks for the well-organized and comprehensive post!