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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


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 

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