Wheelchair without Battery
Konak Vali Kazımpaşa İlkokulu Kısa Film Atölyesi, Turkey, 2013, 10′
Editing: Engin Çetinkaya
Camera: Adem Giliz
Music: Ozan Özdemir
Sound: Konak Vali Kazımpaşa İlkokulu Kısa Film Atölyesi
Muhammed used to have an electric wheelchair, but one day the battery of the wheelcair was stolen. Holding on to life, Muhammed does not let his being disabled in school and daily life prevent him from living his life.
Forest of Gold
Stratis Vogiatzis, Greece, 2014, 21′
Editing: Thodoris Armaos
Camera: Stratis Vogiatzis, Thekla Malamou
Producer: Caravan Project
Music: Chrysanthos Christodoulou
Giorgos Kalyvas is a farmer who didn’t grow a family but grew trees. He fell in love with his patrimonial land and now lives alone into the primeval forest of Skouries, in northern Greece, devotedly cultivating his chestnut trees and looking after his hives. Giorgos’ destiny is affiliated with the forest’s destiny, which is in danger of destruction due to its subsoil, rich in mineral resources. The aim of a multinational company to construct a gold mine into the forest of Skouries, a few meters away from his land, has prompted an uneven battle and has multiplied the extent of loneliness and despair of Giorgos and although he didn’t want war, the war has arrived on his doorstep.
Group of Fathers
Hazal Tüfekçi, Turkey, 2013, 16′
Editing: Hazal Tüfekçi
Camera: Hazal Tüfekçi
Producer: Hazal Tüfekçi
This documentary is about the unity, cohesiveness, and cooperation among fathers of children with leukemia during their hospital stay. The film draws attention to the bureaucratic challenges the fathers face when trying to find the necessary medication for their children’s treatment, the lack of empathy and support within our society, and the collaborative efforts of fathers to seek help from people.
Hande Zerkin – Gözde Efe, Turkey, 2014, 12′
Editing: Fatih Bilgin
Camera: Hande Zerkin – Gözde Efe
Producer: Hande Zerkin – Gözde Efe
The land of Mumin Savkli is situated in Buca which is an area close to the city center, suitable for animal and greenhouse farming and is now a target for urban transformation. Savkli’s land has been purchased from its shareholders for a housing construction project. Mumin Savkli enjoys the very last days of the lifestyle inherited from his grandparents. Surrounded by apartments it has become impossible for him to continue husbandry and greenhouse farming. Therefore he gets on a boat and sails away.
Bye, Bye Barcelona
Eduardo Chibás, Spain, 2014, 54′
Editing: Eduardo Chibás
Camera: Eduardo Chibás
Producer: Eduardo Chibás
Sound: Eduardo Chibás
Bye, Bye Barcelona is a documentary about a city and it’s relationship with tourism, about the difficult coexistence between Barcelona and it’s people with tourism and tourists. It’s a documentary that exposes through the thoughts of some of its residents, the grave effects that mass tourism has in the city. Its sole purpose is to serve as a counterpoint of the much repeated idea tourism is good for all. This documentary speaks about what we lose because of it.
Once Upon A Time
Samet Yalçın, Turkey, 2014, 4′
Editing: Samet Yalçın
Camera: Berk Kuşbeygi
Producer: Samet Yalçın
In Tenedos, people live in harmony with the nature. The nature and human beings constitute a whole together and human beings exist only through their voices. But the increasing population, the destruction of the nature for the sake of new housing projects and the disturbance of the natural order of things in Tenedos run the risk of turning the once beautiful and peaceful island into a mere tale told by grandfathers to their grandchildren.
Bridges of Glass
Kibar Dağlayan Yiğit, Turkey, 2011, 14′
Editing: Yavuz Gümüş
Camera: Yavuz Gümüş
Producer: Kibar Dağlayan Yiğit
Music: Grup Günyüzü
The film tells the life stories of Kurdish citizens who go the Western regions of Turkey from Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia to work as seasonal workers.
Gökhan Öcal, Turkey, 2014, 18′
Editing: Ümmügülsüm Azak
Camera: Gökhan Öcal
Producer: Karabük Üniversitesi
The smell of sea in the ocean of Filyos… Retired teacher Mehmet Türkçelik gives life to çatuks. Türkçelik who turns everything that comes out of the sea to art adds another color to the rainbow of art in his sea view atelier.
A Blooming Business
Ton Van Zantvoort, Holland, 2009, 52′
Editing: Ton van Zantvoort
Camera: Ton van Zantvoort
Producer: Ton van Zantvoort
Production Company: NEWTON film
Music: Roy Bemelmans
Sound: Stijn van Eekelen
A Blooming Business is a poetic documentary by Ton van Zantvoort about people in Kenya who are imprisoned by the global flower industry. The dilemmas of the industry become painfully clear and a dark world of oppression, sexual abuse and terrible working conditions unfolds. There is only one conclusion possible: the smell of the imported rose is not sweet, but bitter.
Resistant to Wave
Zekiye Ergün, Turkey, 2014, 25′
Editing: Satı Ataoğlu
Camera: Mehmet Ali Uzuncular
Producer: Zekiye Ergün-Gaye Nuran Atamtürk
Production Company: TRT
‘Some people surrender themselves to the wave, some people resist’ says Huseyin, the fisherman who earns his livelihood through fishery in a small village of Karaburun. The film brings together the life stories of a very few fishermen who make their living, against all difficulties, through a certain type of fishery which also gives a chance to the fish and the relationship between humans and nature in a very simple way.
Hasan Demirtaş, Turkey, 2013, 15′
Editing: Can Sabancuoğlu, Haydar Demirtaş
Camera: Pınar Demiral
Producer: Hasan Demirtş
Production Company: Ajans ba
Music: Tarık Aslan
Sound: Deniz Güngör
The film is about a village located along Tigris River. The village is on the verge of disappearing from the face of the earth and losing its cultural heritage due to Ilisu Dam to be built in Hasankeyf. Ali and his friends are guides showing the tourists the beauties of a natural wonder named Hasankeyf.
Devrim Akkaya, Turkey, 2014, 71′
Editing: Ebru Karaca, Erdal Bilici
Camera: Meryem Yavuz
Producer: Devrim Akkaya, Cem Doruk
Production Company: Aheste Film
Music: Barkın Engin, Metin Bozkurt
Sound: Anna Maria Aslanoğlu
Devrim Akkaya’s documentary is about the search for the unknown life of her Armenian grandfather and the effects of this trauma in her personal journey as a woman.
Maren Gedenk, Holland, 2014, 10′
Editing: Maren Gedenk
Camera: Jasper Bruijns
Producer: Maren Gedenk
‘Nature 2.0’ is searching for the new understanding of nature. Nature as an untouchable phenomenon does not exist anymore. The humans changed nature. How do we represent nature for our needs? The film is a collage that shows the makers’ view on the shaped nature in our everyday life.
Kader Çetintaş, Turkey, 2013, 19′
Editing: Esra Nur
Camera: Kader Çetintaş
Producer: Kader Çetintaş, Esra Nur, Yıldız Tarğay
Sound: Yıldız Tarğay
The film presents the lifestyle, life conditions, ways of earning livelihood and cultural values of people who live in Dogan village of Cemisgezek district of Tunceli.
Anna-Karin Grönroos, Finland, 2013, 56′
Editing: Mikko Sippola
Camera: Mika Mattila
Producer: Venla Hellstedt
Production Company: Illume Oy
Music: Ville Riippa
Sound: Martti Turunen
Finnish engineer Eero Paloheimo is dreaming of a new Silicon Valley, with space for 20,000 people and 10 “innovation centers” focused on developing clean technology and an ecological way of living. Giving up on Europe and the US, he has come to believe China might well have a pioneering role.
Sourdough - A Journey to Tenedos
Ertuğrul Musluoğlu, Turkey, 2014, 8′
Editing: Ertuğrul Musluoğlu
Camera: Çiğdem Boru
Producer: Ertuğrul Musluoğlu
Production Company: Act Creative Studios
Music: Hakan Toker
Sound: Ertuğrul Musluoğlu
The film tells the story of Ali Kader Erol who lives in İstanbul. He learns about sourdough incidentally and starts baking bread by using experimental methods. Then one day after a bike ride he saves himself from Istanbul and starts living in Tenedos. In this fim, the blending of sourdough, wheat and Tenedos, the amazing bacterial world of Tenedos and breads made with sourdough are waiting for you.
Aydın Kapancık, Turkey, 2013, 27′
Editing: Oktay Altunnar, Eral Güvenir
Camera: Aydın Kapancık
Producer: Selda Kaya Kapancık
Production Company: Oda film
Music: Simon Daum ‘in between’/’Piano and cello’
The film tells the stories of three people who live in Camlihemsin and whose stories are entangled with the place they live in. This struggle is full of solitude, a deep emptiness and lost memories.
Emrah Kıl, Turkey, 2013, 11′
Editing: Emrah Kılıç, Kadir Ermaya
Camera: Tugay Kömürcü
Producer: Emrah Kılıç, Kadir Ermaya
Sound: Osman Demirel
Shanties are an expression of people’s freedom to build and form their own unique living areas in a city.
Mehmet Özgür Candan, Turkey, 2010, 39′
Editing: Yasin Ali Türkeri
Camera: Serdar Güven
Producer: Mehmet Özgür Candan
Production Company: ESR Film Yapım
Music: Kazım Koyuncu, Kolektif İstanbul
The film tells the story of the villagers who try to make a living by carrying the earth left from the wild waters of the river on their backs. They use the earth to create their own fields. Those villagers are forced to leave everything behind- their lands, houses and culture- since the dams on Coruh River make it impossible for them to live along the river.
Eda Elif Tibet, Turkey, 2014, 50′
Editing: Eda Elif Tibet
Camera: Eda Elif Tibet
Producer: Eda Elif Tibet
Music: İZ (Nomad Kazakh Music Group)
Sound: Eda Elif Tibet
The film intends to raise awareness on ways to support and protect nomadic pastoralists’ livelihood rights as well as understanding their cultural conservation practices and its effects on enhancement of biodiversity of the region.
Stratis Vogiatzis, Greece, 2013, 26′
Editing: Thanasis Spyropoulos
Camera: Stratis Vogiatzis, Thekla Malamou
Producer: Caravan Project
Music: Chrysanthos Christodoulou
A documentary about the devastating fire that broke out on the island of Chios, Greece, in August 2012, considered as one of the biggest catastrophes in the island’s history. It documents people’s attempts to put out the fire, and the transformation of the landscape throughout the next year’s four seasons.
Ain't No Cinderellas!
Emel Çelebi, Turkey, 2014, 53′
Editing: Özlem Sarıyıldız, Emel Çelebi
Camera: Özlem Günhan
Producer: Emel Çelebi
Production Company: ZeZe Film
Music: Mircan Kaya
Sound: Melih Sarıgöl
Ain’t No Cinderallas!, the follow-up film of Housekeeper, chronicles the unionization struggle of women who work in an unregulated sector devoid of any social security rights and who undergo work-related accidents and lose their lives while cleaning the windows. Laboring without any rights also makes these women invisible in the eye of the public. The film observes these women fighting for their rights trying to make their labor visible and get the government to respond to their pleas for decent working conditions and coverage by the Union and Collective Bargaining Law.
Çetin Baskın, Metin Akdemir, Turkey, 2013, 12′
Editing: Veysel Cihan Hizar
Camera: Ali Kemal Çınar
Producer: Layen Film
‘Kupeli’ pond in Diyarbakır Suriçi which is located right at the bottom of the city walls and which has been in use for many years is a place of cooling for those who swim with their waistcloth and who have their own unique jumping styles. It is a place full of endless number of legends. It is also a place of gathering with its established jargon, rules and functioning created by those who visit the pond regularly. Kupeli pond is now under the threat of destruction due to an urban transformation project.
Musa Ak, Turkey, 2010, 24′
Editing: İshak Ayvaz
Camera: Hasan Basri Özdemir
Producer: Musa Ak
Music: Tuluyhan Uğurlu
Sound: Musa Ak
The difficulties experienced by people who live on the island of Mada, which is in the middle of Beysehir lake…
Ahmet Bikiç, Turkey, 2013, 04′
Editing: Ahmet Bikiç
Camera: Ahmet Bikiç
Producer: Nagihan Çakar
Music: İkü Çok Sesli Koro
Sound: Ahmet Bikiç
The ongoing wars in the Middle East have caused countless number of families to break apart and the children to grow up in orphanages. Left with feelings of terror and hatred after the war, these children always remember those awful memories.
Josh Gibson, USA, 2013, 16′
Editing: Josh Gibson
Camera: Josh Gibson
Producer: Josh Gibson
Production Company: NA Müzik NA
Sound: Alex Markowski
In flickering black and white, ‘Nile Perch’ tracks a fish from a fisherman’s line on Lake Victoria in Uganda to export commodity. This hand-made film is a modern-day parable of the effects of globalization on Africa as well as meditation on the economic and ecological impact of an invasive species.
Oak and Scott: Pausing at High Speed
Sinem Yılancı, Sertan Ünver, USA, 2014, 30′
Editing: Sertan Ünver
Camera: Sertan Ünver
Producer: Sinem Yılancı, Francisco Rocco, Burcu Özmen
Production Company: Parfe
Music: Phil Leffler, Jerome Queron
Sound: Sinem Yilanci, Francisco Rocco
An urban tale told by the long-term residents of an ever-changing intersection of San Francisco. The film inquires about the changes in this central neighborhood and how all these changes impact the people who call this place their home.
M.Şakir Arslan, Turkey, 2014, 7′
Editing: Burkay Doğan, Yaprak Aydın
Camera: M.Şakir Arslan, Yaprak Aydın
Producer: M.Şakir Arslan, Yaprak Aydın
Sound: Yaprak Aydın
The old winefactory in Canakkale which seems abandoned, in fact, has been surrounded by its own people in time. Those are a group of young people who are living in different neighborhoods of the city and performing parkour.
Mikel Zatarain, Spain, 2013, 26′
Editing: Ambrosio Etcheveste
Camera: Joan Apelo
Producer: Mikel Zatarain
Production Company: Ambrosse Films
Sound: Xabier Hernaiz
The resolution of violent political conflicts results in a series of discussions about the reconstruction of the past that are sometimes so intense as the same conflict, symbolic struggle of interpretations. The history should be written from various parallel memories that argue and ensure that there can not be no one excluded.
Love of Painting
Adem Giliz, Turkey, 2011, 14′
Editing: Ahmet Giliz
Camera: Adem Giliz
Producer: Adem Giliz
Meryem Düzgün Kaya is a handicapped painter who lives in Kavacık, a village of Smyrna, Turkey. Kaya gives free painting courses to the children of village and hols exhibitions with them. She is able to do all of these in her one-roomed flat.