Founded by Eda Elif Tibet and Inanc Tekguc , Karma is run by an un-hierarchical collective of filmmakers, artists, creators and scientists realising co-creative, participatory and multi-modal projects within a solidarity economy . Since 2011, Karma has produced award wining documentary films that were broadcast on TV, used for educational purposes at universities and got screened in film festivals around the world. Karma has also produced videos and various audio visual graphics for various clientele and created photo-stories for magazines and journals.
Karma is always open for collaborative projects and keen on establishing new partnerships with institutions, NGOs, individuals and filmmakers. As we believe in the power of storytelling we are passionate in to creating real change in the world, with meaningful and character driven stories.If you have an inspirational story to tell, we enjoy the challenge to film, photograph and transfer the skills to you too. Particularly, if you are keen on raising awareness and your efforts are in cultural, social and environmental advocacy, then do CONTACT US!
Eda Elif Tibet
Eda Elif Tibet is an independent documentary film maker and a visual anthropologist from Istanbul. She filmed and directed award winning documentary films under her own label KARMAMOTION a non- hierarchical collective run by academics, artists and activists. Her recent films are; Ait Atta Nomads of the High Atlas (2020) , Awakening a Fairy Tale (2020), Ballad for Syria (2017), Refugee Here I Am (2015), Hey Goat! (2014) AMCHI (2013), 28 Days on the Moon (2012).
She is currently a Post-Doc researcher at the geography institute (University of Bern) and an overseas media consultant at the Global Diversity Foundation, working towards a multi-modal ethnography on the transhumance among the Ait Atta tribe in Morocco. She has obtained her PhD from the University of Bern (Switzerland, 2019) and holds an MPhil degree on Social Anthropology from the University of Kent (UK, 2013).
Her research and teaching encompass the relations between postcolonial thought and mobilities, the commons and the sustainability transition movements, sentient ecologies between nature and culture, the application of critical pedagogies, as well as strategies of non-formal education, to social movements and the promotion of participatory action research.
She is an advisory member of the “Enacting Global Transformation” Initiative at the University of Oxford and a founding member of Ethnokino www.ethnokino.com , a curatorial ethnographic film screening program taking place at the Kino in der Reitschule cinema in Bern, Switzerland.
İnanç Tekgüç / Photographer & Videographer
Coming from Cyprus, Inanc works as a photographer and videographer complementing his perspective with an MA in Visual Anthropology, which he got from the University of Kent (UK), focusing on community-based conservation and biocultural diversity. His interests took him to a few places around the world such as Kenya, the Philippines, Malaysia, India, and Morocco for independent research, volunteer work or contributions to projects of researchers.
These experiences include the use of photographs and videos for geo-tagging and community mapping, inter-community training in the use of visual tools, and visually documenting multidisciplinary research training and workshops.
His photo story depicting the motivations of Kenya’s Samburu tribe to take on community-based conservation earned him the 2nd place in a global travel photography contest organized by National Geographic’s Jason Edwards and the World Nomads scholarship program.
a political refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the owner of the first legal reggae album made in Turkey. His first solo maxi single album "Red, Black & White" was released on 2010. A year later he released his second album '' Rainbow '' ( 2011) , Revolution (Single June 2013) and his latest album "love is love" (June 2015). Enzo has performed in 31 Turkish cities, in which he has been invited to give talks and perform at many human rights events, consulates, universities, Tv channels and various cultural festivals . Enzo has also acted in the film "Broken mussels" /''Kırık Midyeler '' and featured at Turkish TV series; Kara Yılan in antena A and Kayıp şehir in Chanel D. Refugee Here I am is Enzo's first feature documentary film in which he acted, composed music for and directed together with Eda Elif Tibet. The documentary film is an autobiographical account of Enzo's inspiring musical journey in Istanbul in which he was awarded with the "star of peace" from Jakarta's World Humanitarian Film Festival. Enzo is dedicated to realize and continue his work on cultural and musical projects among the youth with the Union of the young refugees in Turkey, where he is a founding member of whilst he is currently persuing an MA on Peace & Conflict Studies at one of Turkey's most prestigious University, at Haccettepe University
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Dr. Rama Mani is an expert in international peace and security, a poet and performance artist. Based on her extensive experience in governance and security over the past 25 years, she developed "Theatre of Transformation" as an innovative vehicle to address critical global crises. Since 2014, she has offered over 50 tailor-made performances, keynotes and seminars in partnership with international, humanitarian, cultural and academic institutions around the world, to catalyse collective and creative solutions to today’s crises, and to raise funds for her peace missions and humanitarian initiatives.
Dr. Rama Mani is a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford's Centre for International Studies. With Prof. Jean Houston and Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Rama is the Co.Founder of "Rising Women, Rising World", a global initiative of women leaders whose aim is to "co-create a world that works for all". She also serves on the Jury of the "Alternative Nobel Prize" or the Right Livelihood Award. Dr. Rama Mani was formerly the Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Sri Lanka). She was Africa Strategy Manager for Oxfam GB, working with policy makers and grassroots communities across Africa's warzones to develop innovative policy responses to war economies and humanitarian crises. She served as Director of the Global Peace and Security Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and Senior External Relations Officer of the Commission on Global Governance. Since 1992, Rama has partnered with and advised diverse United Nations programmes and agencies.
She serves on several international boards including the Advisory Board of NATO Defence College, and UNESCO-CISH International Centre for Human Sciences (Lebanon). She authored Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War (Polity/Blackwell: 2002/2007) and co-edited Responsibility to Protect: Cultural Perspectives from the Global South (Routledge: 2011).
In 2013, Rama was awarded the Peter Becker Peace Prize in Germany for the combined impact of her scholarship and peace activism. Rama has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, and an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University. She is a French national and overseas citizen of India.
is a Syrian musician based in Istanbul and the Netherlands. She is the conductor of the multicultural Istanbul Mosaic Oriental Choir. Their repartuar involves the classics of Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Kurdish, Syrian, Aramaic ...
Together with the choir they fundraise for events and raise awareness for peace building and rehabilitation. Maisa also gives pyscho-social support to the Syrian children in her neighborhood under her project "Tomorrow is Better" that she manages together with Mohammad Diwana who is based in the Netherlands.
Maisa and her choir has performed in various occasions, venues and TV channels: Hrant Dink Human Rights Award night / Lütfi Kırdar Concert Hall, British, Deutch, French consulate events, Goethe Istanbul events, St. Antuan Church, Small projects Istanbul fundraising event, Which Human Rights Film festival Al Jazeera TV, TRT Arabic, CNN Turk, Haber Turk… “Ballad for Syria” (2017) is her first auto-biographical documentary film that she directs it together with her good friend Eda Elif Tibet.
Loten Namling/ Collaborating Artist
Loten is a Bern based Tibetan Musician & Opera Singer and Cartoonist. Loten a dedicated spiritual activist in the cause of Free Tibet has given numerous concerts world wide promoting Tibetan Culture, Music and Freedom. Being blessed many times by the Dalai Lama, Loten continues his unending fight for the freedom of Tibet. His life was shot into a documentary film "Tibetan Warrior" by Swiss filmmaker Dodo Henziger .
Loten has recently established the first Tibetan Metal Music Band Porok Karpo . As part of his projects Momo Blues , he co-creates music video clips with the karma motion collective and experiments on multimodal anthropological engagements.