Set in an isolated region in Northeast Turkey, Bal begins at Yusuf's childhood when, at six year old, he has just started primary school and learning how to read and write. His father Yakup works as a honey-gatherer, a risky trade which involves climbing up ropes into the tops of trees where the hives are. To Yusuf, who accompanies his father to work, the forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure. Yusuf and his father have a strong bond and although he is tongue-tied to the point of stuttering paralysis in social situations, he can read and speak quite clearly when he's addressing his father.
Ridiculed by his classmates for his stammer, Yusuf's anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest to hang his hives in a treacherous mountainous area. Days pass and Yusuf and his mother become anxious when Yakup doesn't return. Distraught, Yusuf slips into silence but finally summons all his courage and alone, runs deep into the forest to search for his father.
Winner of the coveted Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2010.