Written and Directed by: Derviş Zaim
Producer: Derviş Zaim
Director of Photography: Taner Tokgöz,Engin Örsel,Osman Nuri İyem,Ali Tansu Turhan,Alican Muhittin Dilege,Çağdaş Yıldırım
Production Year: 2012
Run time: 75 minutes
Awards and Screenings
Edinburgh International Film Festival (2013) Directors’ Showcase
Istanbul International Film Festival (2013) National Competition Special Jury Award
Dervis Zaim graduated from Bogazici University (Istanbul) with an economics degree and then from Warwick University (UK) with an MA in cultural studies. His debut feature Tabutta Rovasata (Somersault In A Coffin), made in 1997, won him international recognition and numerous awards at leading festivals worldwide. This was followed in 2000 by Filler ve Cimenler (Elephants and Grass), which achieved similar success at national and international festivals. His other films Camur (Mud), considers the ethnic problem in Cyprus and won the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. Next came Cenneti Beklerken (Waiting for Heaven, 2006), Nokta (Dot, 2008) and Golgeler ve Suretler (Shadows and Faces, 2011), a trilogy based on reflection of three traditional Turkish art forms. In between, he co-directed Paralel Yolculuklar (Parallel Trips), a 2003 documentary on the experiences and legacy of the 1974 war in Cyprus, with Cypriot filmmaker, Panicos Chrysanthou. He is also author of the 1992 award-winning novel, Ares in Wonderland. His last film is Devir (Cycle, 2012). Zaim lives in Istanbul and teaches film making courses at several universities.
At the end of every summer, Hasanpasa, a village in the Burdur district of southwestern Turkey, holds a traditional shepherding contest. The contest involves shepherds herding their entire herd of sheep, one by one, through a pool of water. First prize goes to the shepherd who negotiates the pool fastest and with least hesitation. An elderly shepherd known by the nickname “Takmaz” has been reigning champion for the last eight years. Takmaz and the village’s younger shepherds are sifting fragments of local red rock to obtain a powder dye. They use this to dye the fleeces of the sheep red for the shepherding contest, but it seems as though getting hold of the red rock will be problematic in years to come. The reason is that a large mining company has opened a vast marble quarry on the site of the rock deposits just outside the village. Ali, one of the younger shepherds trapped between their beliefs and the modern world, who are struggling to discover where they belong as they look for the rock in new places, leaves his flock behind to work as a driver for the mining company. The deer hunt during which Ali accompanies his boss gives Ali a chance to build a different relationship with the environment than we have today and to embrace forgotten human values.