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Karma is run by visual anthropologists Eda Elif Tibet and Inanç Tekgüç, two good friends sharing the same vision and dream.  We believe in the power of storytelling to create real change in the world, with focused, character-driven, and meaningful stories. Since 2012, 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 for various clientele and created photo-stories for magazines and various networks.
 

We are open for collaborative projects and keen on establishing new partnerships with institutions, NGOs, individuals and filmmakers. If you have an inspirational story to tell, we enjoy the challenge to film, photograph and transfer the skills to you too, by working collaboratively in ways that we are truly passionate about. Particularly, if you are keen on raising awareness and your efforts are in cultural and environmental advocacy, then please  contact us.

 

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Eda Elif Tibet

Founder

Elif is an independent documentary filmmaker and visual anthropologist. Elif mostly films and directs her own films, advocating for local livelihood and social justice. Her first documentary film “28 Days on the Moon” (2012) on cave dwellers of Cappadocia and her recent award winning film AMCHI (2013 ) on Tibetan healers have been broadcast by TV channels and made it into many international film festivals. AMCHI won the award of excellence for the most inspiring filmmaker of the year and best original soundtrack by the Jakarta film festival in 2014 along with many other awards.Her recent film on nomadic pastoralists of Turkey has premiered in cinemas and was exhibited at the art history museum of Geneva in Switzerland. Eda holds an Mphil on Social Anthropology from the University of Kent (UK) and is currently a Phd candidate at the University of Bern in Switzerland, working on documenting the educational biographies of the unaccompanied minor asylum seekers, through conducting radio shows together with the youth. Eda filmed, edited, directed and produced "Refugee Here I am", her first feature documentary film together with Enzo Ikah (2015) which recently won the world humanitarian gold award and was nominated for young talents award by Documentarist film festival of İstanbul. Elif is currently working on a new documentary film "Awakening" that is taking place in her native land in Cappadocia, Turkey, together with İnanç Tekgüç and has just finished "Ballad for Syria" (2017) a musical documentary with Maisa Alhafez, a Syrian refugee and musician living in Istanbul.

 

İnanç Tekgüç / Photographer & Videographer

Inanc Tekguc

CoFounder

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.

Enzo Ikah

Collaborating Artist

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
OFFICIAL PAGE: www.enzoikah.com

Rama Mani

Collaborating Artist

 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.

www.rama-mani.com www.youtube.com/RamaManiNews

Maisa Alhafez/ Collaborating Artist

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. Together with her choir Maisa 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.