Rûken Tekeş - Kurdish, born in 1976 in Diyarbakır / Turkey, lived in Istanbul,

Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Athens, Vienna, Venice, Kiev, San Diego and

Moscow. She graduated from EUIC Venice with an E.MA in Human Rights

and Democratization, after completing programs of international relations

in University of Vienna, strategy in University of California Los Angeles, and

a BBA in University of Marmara.

She worked a number of years as International Human Rights Expert for United Nations with honors and recognitions, and following that as university professor on human rights and representative of NGOs. In parallel to her legal, political and academic work, she contributed to human rights in cinema by pioneering the EUIC Human Rights Cinema Award, School in Cinema Human Rights Advocacy, and UN International Human Rights Film Festival. Tekeş is a member of European Fılm Academy.

After having a serious injury in late 2014, she was in long bed-recovery during which she has developed a number of stories and screenplays on social, political and environmental issues. Established in 2016 Sarya Films, written & directed & produced ‘Hevêrk / The Circle’ as her 1st short film. Hevêrk is nominated for 30th European Film Awards – European Short Film 2017, won many awards, and screened in international festivals, art centers and primary and secondary schools. AETHER is her debut feature documentary premiered in 50th Visions Du Reel International Competition in 2019, awarded fo Golden Orange Jury Award at 56th Antalya International Film Festival, continues to screening and winning awards. 

Tekeş is a self-made filmmaker, involved in art since early ages by painting and dancing. She has a daughter and currently based in Istanbul.

Director: Rûken TEKEŞ


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 

Producers: Rûken TEKEŞ & Billur ARIKAN & Gabriele ORICCHIO

Production Company: SARYA FILM Collective

Co-Producers: Cengiz KARADAĞ & AYŞE VALENTIN

Associate Producers Erdem TEPEGÖZAlkan AVCIOĞLU

Coordinators: Başak SAYIN & Baran KUBILAY  & Balam BINGUL 

Post-Production Coordinator: Turan YILMAZ

Location: Hasankeyf & Tigris Valley / Turkey

Post-production: Rome, Istanbul, Berlin