Who passes us from Dalyan town to the Kaunos Tombs and Çandır village located on both sides of the canal which joins the Aegean Sea are the rowing women. Homes and boats for these women, who have been making a living from rowing for many years, have become an extension of each other; and the relationships they established in these places and with these places have been intertwined. 'There and back' follows the daily lives of the rowing women whose lives are organized away from the patterns of the urban theories.
27.02.2020 (with the participation of Özlem Sarıyıldız)
İSTANBUL MAKAMI / ISTANBUL NOTES
dir. Özlem Sarıyıldız, Yunus Emre Aydın
TR with ENG subtitles
69'46''; 2016; Turkey
Istanbul Notes is a cinematographic improvisation with five musicians from abroad who fall in love with the Maqam Music (Classical Ottoman Music) and decide to live in Turkey believing that music might best be learned in the lands it was born and performed. Each has different stories but the desire to find their own paths despite modern times’ obligations intersects their roads. Constructing three layers -music, İstanbul and combination of both in the filmic platform- the film is a modern times fairytale in praise of İstanbul and its classical music; a film about obstinacy, desire, looking for one’s own raison d’etre, travelling, and the power of music to understand the other and express oneself in the pursuit of intertwining stories following passion.