April 2, 2006 - New York
A Celebration of the Light Millennium's 6th Anniversary
In collaboration with Columbia University
& Filmographies of the Directors &
Of TIME, CULTURE &
TURKISH DOCUMENTARIES -
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
For the Media Release of the Special Screening>
Venue: Columbia University,
International Affairs Building, Room# 403
At the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 118th Street.
Contact or for more information:
Bircan Ünver, Producer of the event
For Direction - Jeanene Mitchell at
Biographies & Filmographies of the
Directors & Producers:
Murad ÖZDEMIR: Born in 1975, Özdemir has produced and
directed several video films. Currently,
he is a research assistant in Galatasaray
University, Istanbul, Turkey.
He assists a number of courses like"Documentary Filmmaking"
and “ Anthropology of Communication”
both at graduate and post-graduate levels.
Özdemir graduated from Anadolu University,
Faculty of Communication Sciences with
a bachelor degree in Cinema and Television.
He also holds a MA degree in Cultural
Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University.
At present, he is a PHD student in Communication
Sciences, Marmara University, Istanbul.
Özdemir aims to develop a visual
understanding of culture through his films
and academic work. He is a member of the
Association of Documentary Filmmakers
in Turkey. In addition to video works,
he also composes music for films.
Kamerayı Bırak Çayını iç, (Put
the Camera Down), 21’ 1997 (Documentary)
Kene, 7’, 2000 (Experimental)
Tinkos Balık Tinkos (Tinkos Fish Tinkos), 35’, 2001
Hey Onbes¸’li « artist: akide »,
7’, 2002 (Music Video)
Bu Dünya Bir Pencere (This World is a Window) « artist:
Emin I˙güs», 4’,
2002 (Music Video)
Afternoon Class , 8’, 2006 (Documentary)
Masculin/ Féminin, (Ethnographic Documentary ) “In
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Ersan Ocak is a Turkish filmmaker with a variety of projects including
not only conventional documentary films,
but experimental video films, video performances,
and video installations all stemming from
his academic background. Taking his social
science background as a basis, Ocak began
by making short videos and went on to
explore the documentary both as a genre
and language. Using his knowledge of oral
history, he has been making experimental
documentaries on cities. Since the beginning
of 2004, he has involved in a documentary
film and research project on crime of
honor in the southeastern region of Turkey.
Ocak’s work in the documentary film
continues to research and experiment with
the camera’s and montage’s
potential for new audio-visual regimes.
Through this approach, he has made several
documentary films, experimental video
films, video performances and installations,
and has published articles and essays.
Ocak is currently a PHD candidate in Fine
Arts at Bilkent University, Ankara, while
also working as an instructor at Baskent
University, at the Department of Radio
Television and Cinema.
Break of Day, in the compilation film “Time Piece,”
9’, DVCAM, 2006.
Through, 3’28”, Di8/Betacam/DV, 2001 (2nd International
1001 Documentary Film Festival, opening
Salzburg, 13’27”, Di8/Betacam, 2001
Women of the Republic, 22’17”, Betacam, 2000 (with
Curiosity, 11’45”, DV/Betacam, 2000 (with Andreas &
Earthquake, 21’47”, DV/Betacam, 2000 (with Berrin BALAY)
An.Kara, 14’30” , Hi-8/Betacam, 1996 (with Aras ÖZGÜN)
It’s Coming Soon, 5’30”, U-matic, 1994, (with
A. Bülent ACAR & Aras ÖZGÜN)
Routin, 2’24”, Hi8/Betacam, 1994, (with Ayfer KIRAN)
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Mustafa ÜNLÜ has directed numerous documentaries and
other biographical, promotional and educational
films in conjunction with multiple organizations
all over the world including, the department
of Turkish Radio and Television Corporaton,
“32nd Day” a current affairs/analytical
journalism program, Shakti Productions,
and Kutup Ayisi Documentary Productions.
In his work he has explored diverse subject
matter ranging from the Dalai Lama in
Dramshala to the Gulf War directing 17
films in all including the 12th of
September, If the Earthquake Comes, and A City Being
Throttled. Believing that documentary cinema is the only way to pass on
to the next generations those cultures
and species that may not be exist in the
future, most recently Unlu has concentrated
on portraying subjects that are destined
to soon disappear. Unlu has participated
in many National and International Festivals,
workshops, seminars and pitching forums
in Turkey, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Italy,
and Japan. He is also one of the founding
members and a current board member of
the Association of Documentary Filmmakers
“TIME PIECES – Night Club Ordeal” – Co-director,
“OLD TOWN’S NEWSMEN” – Director, 2006
“CARETTA CARETTA-ABOUT LIFE” – Director, 2006
“SGP GLOBAL CONSERVATI˙ON LOCAL MOVEMENT” –
“THE MEDITERRANEAN” – Co-director and producer,
"SURYOYO" Co-director and producer, 2000
"YARIN DEPREM OLURSA (IF THE EARTHQUAKE COMES TOMORROW)"
– Director, 1999
"12 EYLÜL (SEPTEMBER THE 12TH)" – Director,
"BOG˘AZI DÜG˘ÜMLENEN S¸EHI˙R
( A CI˙TY BEI˙NG THROTTLED )"
– Director, 1998
"JOHNNY TURK" - Writer and Producer,1995
"VEHBI˙ KOÇ" – Director, 1992
"CUMHURI˙YETI˙N KRALI˙ÇELERI˙ (QUEENS
OF THE REPUBLI˙C)" – Director,1991
"KIBRIS BELGESELI˙ (CYPRUS DOCUMENTARY)" –
Production Manager, Researcher and video
editing director, 1989
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Nurdan ARCA has worked as a documentary filmmaker continuously
for 17 years. She is the cofounder of
the Production Company Ajans 21 with partner
Melek Ulagay Taylan, through which she
has produced and directed 9 documentaries
and received two international and numerous
other awards. In 1968 she helped to organize
the first ever short film festival in
Turkey. She has degrees in Economics,
Political Economy, and Filmmaking.
In-Between-Midday in Istanbul, 2006, 7 mins.
Damming the Euphrates, 2001; 35 min.
Is Anybody There? 2001; 4:30 min.
The Encounter 2000; 52 min.
Dostlar Company, 2000; 37 min.
In Pursuit of Lost Time, 1999 50 min.
Time Capsules, 1998 14 min.
Space Crystals, 1996; 22 min.
Music of the Heart, 1995; 22 min.
The Fourth Dimension, 1993, 40 min.
Paintings of Longing, 1986; 22 min.
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Ozgur ARIK has worked mostly on short fiction and documentary films.
Born in 1976 in Eskis¸ehir, he graduated
from Ankara University Faculty of Communication
TV-Cinema Dep. in 2002. He especially
worked on documentary filmmaking experiences
during faculty years. He is currently
working on his master degree at Marmara
University Faculty of Fine Arts on documentary
cinema and working as a research assistant
at GI˙SAM in The Middle East Technical
University. Arik has participated in several
international film festivals in Greece,
Japan, Germany, and Hungary, and has won
numerous awards for his films.
A letter from Halfeti (1999)
Vanished with Water (2000)
The Hazy Luminous (2002)
Wedding to Severance (2003)
Lesson : Knowledge of Life (2004)
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Sehbal SENYURT is a documentary film director & camerawomen
most known for her documentary called
“The Adyghe” which has been
watched by over 5 million viewers. Her
other films such as “History in
the Depths” or “Sun Moon and
Star” have also been broadcast many
times on various TV Channels as well as
shown at public screenings. Sehbal started
her career making primarily historical
documentaries. Nowadays she is working
mostly on social and anthropological films.
She is the first camerawomen in the documentary
field in Turkey and one of the leading
founders of the Association of Documentary
Filmmakers in Turkey.
Sehbal likes to tell a story by using an indirect, spiralling structure
instead of a direct, linear approach.
She likes to play with the idea of time
by exploring the concept that “inside
of a single moment there exists the past
and future at the same time.” For
her, research serves as background knowledge.
The core of the story comes up on the
field. After a period of deep research
covering different aspects of the story,
she then prefers to listen to what the
story tells her. She is interested in
the feelings of events, instead of events
themselves. She tries to discover the
meaning of events instead of merely what
happened. Each story becomes a way for
discovering the shadow of life and also
a way for rediscovering herself.
“ Good Morning!!!..” director, camerawomen. Experimental
Documentary. 8’ , 2006
“ Children of Homdu River” director, camerawomen. Documentary.
57’ , 2006
“The Sun Moon and Star” producer, director, scriptwriter.
Documentary 98’ 1 episode, 2004
“The Lake Palas” script writer. Documentary 45’
1 episode. 2003|
“The Adyghe”, director, documentary, 77’, 1 episode.
“History in Depth”, director, Documentary, 35’,
5 parts. 1998
“Cyprus”, director, documentary, 45’, 13 parts.
“12 March-Military Coup d’Etat”, - executive
producer- Documentary, 45’, 10 parts.
“Compass” director, news programme, 45’, 8 parts
“32th Day”, - executive producer- news programme 55’
“A Child Crying There”, script writer- documentary,
23’ 1 part 1992
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