Rûken Tekeş - Kurdish, born 1976 in Diyarbakır / Turkey, lived in Istanbul, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Athens, Vienna, Venice, Kiev, San Diego and Moscow. She graduated with an E.MA in Human Rights and Democratization from EUIC, after having completed programmes in University of Vienna, University of California Los Angeles, and a BBA in University of Marmara.
Tekeş 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 Film 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 1stshort fiction film. Hevêrk is nominated for 30th European Film Awards – European Short Film 2017, won many awards, and screened in international festivals, art centers and schools. ‘Aether’ is her debut feature length documentary premiered at 50th Visions Du Rèel Film Festival International Competition 2019, awarded for Golden Orange for Best Documentary 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.
Hevêrk / The Circle - 1st short fiction film (2016 / TR - 14min) nominated for 30th European Film Awards – European Short Film 2017, Best Film by an Emerging Director at Chicago Int. Children’s FF, German Independence Award at Oldenburg FF, EFA Award at Drama FF, Best Short Film at IF Istanbul FF, Clermont-Ferrand SFF, Montreal FF, Minneapolis Saint Paul FF, + over two hundred film festivals, art centers and schools.
Aether – 1st feature length documentary (2019 / TR & IT – 82min), world premiere at Visions Du Rèel FF International Competition, Golden Orange Jury Award at Antalya Int FF, Jury Award for Creative Storytelling in Kurdish Cinema at Duhok Int FF, Istanbul International FF, Taormina FF, DokuFest FF, DokFest Munchen, DocPoint Helsinki, FIFEQ, Chiayi Art Festival, various art centers and museums, etc.
Philax - 1st feature length narrative (in development process) SFFILM 2020 Rainin Grant Finalist