The Story of Eternal Tree in Milas

Director: Selen Çatalyürekli

Turkey, 2022



The olive tree has been the symbol of Anatolia for thousands of years and the Milas region of Muğla is known as the olive capital of Turkey. Despite this, Milas has been poisoned by two coal power plants and the livelihoods of the villagers have been destroyed by coal mining activities for the last 40 years. Today, this ancient tree is resisting the coal expansion. This is the story of the eternal tree and the fight against the polluters in Milas. It is based on the witnessing of Akbelen Forest’s Defenders and scientists. They are explaining how olive production can be the transition opportunity for local economy against the coal driven electrical power production.

Director's bio

Istanbul based documentary maker and social designer. Her areas of focus are on interdisciplinary design for public spaces, social rights issues, ecology and urban movements and visualization of memory spaces.


Camera: Selen Çatalyürekli, Khaled Tanji, Ege Tok

Editor: Cansın Yurdakan, Selen Çatalyürekli

Sound: Selen Çatalyürekli


Producer: 350 Org Türkiye Derneği