Uzbek director bags 1st prize in documentary fest
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
Uzbek director Ali Hamratev received the first prize on Oct. 7 in the professional directors category of the 3rd Turkish World Documentary Film Festival for “Seni Unutmadim” (I Did Not Forget You) in Istanbul.
Organized by the Journalists Association of the Turkish World, the festival hosted 140 documentaries from eight countries and 28 regions.
Didem Sahin from Iraq was awarded second place in the same category "Men Turkmenem Men Begem". Turkey's Kaan Atilla came third for
"Karadeniz’in Yalnız Nineleri" (The Black Sea’s Lonely Grandmothers).
In the students category, Batuhan Kurt came in first for "Kurbağa Avcıları" (Frog Hunters) followed by Turan Kubulay with “Saksak: Bir Tütün Belgeseli” (Saksak: a Documentary on Tobacco) and Kyrgyz Cibek Abdullabaeva with “Kadın Dünyası” (World of Women).
Alihan Erbaş and Harun Köybaşı won the “Turkish Council Silk Road Special Award” for “Sen Adam Mısın” (Are You a Man) and Tilek Murataliev the “Turkish Culture and Jury Special Award” for “1916 Milli Mücadelesi” (The National Struggle of 1916) from Kyrgyzstan.
Also, Naijiba Abbasova’s “2 Dil 1 Armoni” (Two Languages one Harmony) from Azerbaijan won the “Turkish World Cengiz Aytmatov Special Award” with famous Turkish actor Serdar Gökhan receiving the “Turkish World Documentary Film Festival Lifelong Honor Award”.