Kurdish, born in Diyarbakir / Turkey; lived in Istanbul, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Athens, Vienna, Venice,
Kiev, San Diego and Moscow. She is a human rights expert worked a number of years for United Nations, and following that
lecturing professor on human rights and representative of NGOs.
Tekes started script writing and directing on social, political and environmental issues in 2015.
Her first short fiction Hevêrk /The Circle (2016 / TR) participated in over 200 festivals worldwide and nominated for European Film Awards - European Short Film 2017. Her feature documentary debut AETHER (2019 / TR & IT) premiered at Visions Du Rèel FF International Competition, awarded for Golden Orange at Antalya Int. FF, continues to be screening and receiving awards. Tekes is a member of European Film Academy and is the founder of production company Sarya Films Collective, which produces her films and supports women in cinema.
Writer & Director: Rûken TEKEŞ
Producers: Billur ARIKAN & Gabriele ORICCHIO & Rûken TEKEŞ
Co-Producers: Cengiz KARADAĞ & AYŞE VALENTIN
Ute FREUND / Earth
Deniz EYÜBOĞLU AYDIN / Fire
Merle JOTHE / Air
Andres LIZANA PRADO / Water
Editors: Marco SPOLETINI & Rûken TEKEŞ
Original Score: Diler ÖZER & Metehan DADA
Sound Design: Roberta D’ANGELO
Sound Mix: Paolo SEGAT
Sound Recordist: Ömür MÜLDÜR & Tuncay AVAZ
Colorist: Vincenzo MARINESE
Coordinators: Başak SAYIN & Baran KUBILAY & Balam BINGUL
Location: Hasankeyf & Tigris Valley / Turkey
Post-production: Rome, Istanbul, Berlin
Production Company: SARYA FILMS Collective