We shot Kurban documentary this summer in Turkey during Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calendar where animals are sacrificed to prove loyalty to God and donated to the poor. This documentary gives an insight about Sacrifice, a tradition that existed for centuries of transforms as our society changes.
Looking at this concept in the Muslim animal sacrifice tradition, this documentary draws attention on the notion of atonement in todays culture of commodification.
Cities are us ( Dir. Sule Nisancioglu) tells the fascinating and often neglected story of Turkish baths in the UK by exploring the importance and meaning of these facilities to current local communities and their reasons for fighting for their renovations.
The film explores why the baths were closed, why it was important for the community to keep it open and search for clues in others as to what makes us feel attached to buildings.
Although the community interest is the main focus, the film also touches upon the involvement and role of others in bringing back to life the Newcastle Baths as well as the innovative partnerships to keep the baths open.
Stranger By The Sea is a short documentary directed by Sule Takmaz Nisancioglu. Camera and editing services provided by Folie A Deux Productions.
The film explores the relationship between writing and estrangement. It is based on interviews with Şavkar Altınel, a poet and writer born in Istanbul, now resident in Ramsgate and at home nowhere, in a bid to understand his world and identify the thoughts and emotions that prompt him to write. Altinel frequently maintains that the most important precondition for writing is looking at the world from without as a stranger. He regards travel as the experience most conducive to this and his writings are full of journeys which are simultaneously voyages of self-discovery, often with insights that apply to the reader as well as the author. Being a stranger is not untinged with sadness, but it isn’t an entirely negative state. It is after all the gateway to his creativity.