AIT ATTA

Nomads of the High Atlas

Upcoming Documentary by Inanc Tekguc & Eda Elif Tibet

Photographs by Eda Elif Tibet

Awakening, A Fairy Tale

Upcoming Documentary 2019

"Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens.The sleeper, must awaken". Follow the path of your ancestors and take a journey to the inside...

Upcoming documentary in Cappadocia, Turkey, by Eda Elif Tibet, İnanç Tekgüç ,  2019.

Ballad for Syria

 Award-Wining Musical Documentary by Eda Elif Tibet & Maisa Alhafez, 2017

A ballad, narrates poetic stories in short stanzas, hence this self-reflective musical documentary mirrors’ the life of Maisa Alhafez a musician and a Syrian refugee living in Istanbul. The film is about her longing to her loved ones as she tries to make a place for her self in the world of the displaced. Her family still in Syria, Maisa's true love (fiance) is in the Netherlands. As of the current EU-Turkey border regime, to unite is very challenging. Not giving up, Maisa works hard for her vision to transform the borders; by building a multicultural community “The oriental Istanbul Mosaic Choir”. A diverse family that sings together, in which she believes through music and love one can heal the wounds of her people and children.

Official Web site> www.balladforsyria.com 

  • Award of Recognition, by Hollywood Independent Documentary Film Festival, May 2017, California (USA).

  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Free Speech, by Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, India, May 2017.

  • official selection at DOCUMENTARIST , Istanbul-Turkey, June 2017

  • Official selection at DOCfeed, Eindhoven ,The Netherlands February 2017

  • Official Selection at Impact DOCS Awards May 2017, Italy

  • Roma Cinema Doc, Italy, June 2017

  • official selection, Largo Film Festival 2017

  •  XXVI International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia. October 10-14 th, 2017.

  • Debut Theater, Tropen Museum Amsterdam theater cinema house, Nov 12, 2017

  • Erase & Rewind Photography and film screening exhibition, TAK Yeldegirmeni 25 October 2017

  • Istanbul ınternational architectural and urban Films festival, 28 October 2017

  • Emerging filmmakers Official Selection at Global Migration Film Festival , December 2017

  • UN Geneva special screening , Switzerland February 2018

  • Impact-Hub Istanbul ,2017

  • Ethnokino, Reitschule in der kino , Bern Switzerland , 2018

  • Koc University Istanbul June 2017

  • Bogazici University Nov 2017

  • Binghampton University, Nov2017 New York USA

Refugee Here I Am

 Award-Wining Musical Documentary by Eda Elif Tibet & Enzo Ikah, 2015

Refugee here I am, is a musical documentary based on the life of a Congolese Musician Enzo Ikah, a refugee and a renown reggae artist living in Istanbul. Making the first legal reggae album in Turkey, Enzo gives hundreds of concerts and appears in various media chanels throughout the country. Through his music, Enzo raises his voice and creates dialogue with various authorities. He creates awareness about those lives in hardship, coming from war torn countries and conflicted areas.

Despite his growing fame ,Enzo does not give up living in his small room in Tarlabasi which he shares with the newcoming Syrian neighbours. He composes all his songs, day dreaming in his room, with the determination to raise hope among the refugee youth. The documentary, explores a single man’s extraordinary struggle, portraying his very creative way of  reaching out to the public, as Enzo transforms his life shaken under opression and hardship into an enchanting life musical.With his film, Enzo intends to advocate that every person should be able to realize their potentials make use of their talents and realize their dreams, despite the borders.

Official Web site> https://www.refugeehereiam.net

  • DOCFeed , Eindhoven ,The Netherlands 2016

  • San Diego Black Film Festival, California /US 2016

  • DOCUMENTARIST , Istanbul (Nominated for Young Talents Award)

  • World Humanitarian Awards Film Festival, Jakarta Indonesia 2015 (WINNER International Humanitarian Gold Award ,WINNER Star of Peace)

  • 5'th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival,

  • Refugee Film Days , May 31, 8pm, Kizilay Buyulu Fener Cinema,

  • Intimalente Festival Di Film Etnografici , Caserta / Italy 2016

  • Which Human Rights Film Festival, Istanbul

  • Zeugma Film Festival, Gaziantep

AMCHI

Every year, Amchi Karma Chodon travels to the most remote areas in ladakh to raise awareness on women and child healthcare. The documentary film is about Amchi Karma Chodon and her baby Teljor's last journey into the wilderness of the harsh and difficult landscape of the Himalayas. She travels to ZANSKAR, to reach her students to conduct a final course on women and child healthcare. Before her last journey starts, she also stops by at Korzok village near the Tso-Moriri Lake (the highest lake in the world) where she tries to reach the nomads to provide preventive healthcare knowledge.  
     Amchi Karma, rather then providing healthcare herself to far away areas, advocates for the education of young amchis, as she thinks raising and empowering youth will promote a more sustainable public healthcare model. 
     The students she previously elected from various villages were brought to Leh, the capital city, to attend a four years full time program called "DUSRAPA" where Amchi Karma Chodon has been teaching Tibetan Medicine as part of the NGO she is working for "the Ladakh Society for Traditional Medicines". After their graduation  students, who have become Amchis themselves, went back to their villages to serve their communities. This journey is to make sure students are doing alright, and to help them in conducting their own awareness campaigns in various villages, so that in the near future they can take care of their communities on their own.
   The film tells the story of an inspirational teacher and her students, in Ladakh, by giving a glimpse of a real life dedicated to social work and public healthcare. It also questions the future of Amchis, which has become a tradition under the threat of extinction.

  • Winner Award of Excellence International Film Festival Environment-Health-Culture, Jakarta/Indonesia 5th of June 2014.  Award of Excellence for best song , Award of Excellence for filmmaker of inspiration, Honorable Mention for best cinematography, Honorable Mention for best original story.

  • Showcase Selection for Lucerne International Film Festival, Lucerne Switzerland October 2014.

  • Official Selection,in competition at EKOTOPFILM International Film Festival of Sustainable Development Films, Slovakia, 2014.

  • Official Selection, Awareness Film Festival, California LA,USA.2014

  • Official Selection at American Online Awards,  for Best Foreign Documentary Film Spring Showcase 2014 New York, US. 

  • Cultural Festival for Tibet and the People of Himalayas, June 2014 Paris, France.

  • Official Selection at Sustainable Living Film Festival ,22'nd of December 2013, İstanbul & Ankara, Turkey.

Hey Goat!

The Documentary tells the migration story of a nomadic family (known to be from the “Sarıkeçili tribe”),herding 500 goats in Southern Turkey. Through an intimate portrait of the family, the documentary conveys human-environmental relationships in seek of how the family’s traditional local knowledge , the process of the migration and their living life style in general benefits to the biodiversity of the region. A research team consisting of an anthropologist, ethno botanist and environmental activist also share their thoughts and observations during the migration.
The film intends to raise awareness and open up discussion 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.

  • Jury Price from EKOTOPFILM International Film Festival of Sustainable Development Films, Slovakia, 2014.

28 Days on the Moon

Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 is a popularly visited touristic site by millions of visitors each year, for its' surreal looking moonlike landscape and undeniably rich Christian Heritage.Located in the heartland of Anatolia in Turkey, this place still remains to be inhabited by its own secluded, hospitable yet conservative Muslim people, whom having been experiencing radical changes due to the international development of tourism.
The social transformation that is being experienced since the last thirty years of the introduction of tourism in the area, has leaded to the displacement of the self-sustaining local community from the center of the heritage attraction and fastened the destruction of the locally known "fairy chimneys", volcanic rock cones where people, their animals and pigeons used to dwell in. 
The documentary tells the story of three different villages; 9 individuals. All interlinked yet unattached from the common realities of each others' lives, they comment on the daily issues and highlight the important themes that may be of interest not only for the curious anthropologists or protective conservationists, but for everyone who travels or traveled at some point, from home to someone else's home...
The documentary represents the 28 days in Cappadocia, a visually anthropological documentation of a fulfilling fieldwork period of a graduate native anthropology student, in search of her heritage, in hope of its maintenance and protection.

  • ASTRA Film Festival, Romania 15-21 October 2012

  • Intimate Lens Visual Ethnography Film Festival on 8'th of December 2011, Caserta Italy.

  • MASSEY University ,Palmerston North/New Zealand 27 March 2012 

  • ZUMEFF: ZAYEF Middle East Student Film Festival in Abu Dhabi ,23rd of April 2012

  • Babayan Culture House ,İbrahimpaşa village Cappadocia- 15th of Aptil 2012 

  • Sofia Middle East & North Africa Film Festival 16-31 January 2013 /BULGARIA

  • ETHNO FEST: Athens Ethnographic Film Festival 30 Nov- 1'st of December in Athens, Greece

  • ASPEKTY: Festival of Visual Anthropology ,Poland 22-25 November 2012