Rûken Tekeş -  Founder / Director & Writer

Born 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 Venice, 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 lecturer 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. 


She is a self-made filmmaker; started scriptwriting and directing on social, political and environmental issues in 2015. She established Sarya Films in 2016. Her multi-award-winning first short fiction HEVÊRK / THE CIRCLE has participated to over two hundred festivals worldwide, including Clermont-Ferrand, screened in schools, art centers and was nominated for 30th European Film Awards – European Short Film 2017.  Her feature documentary debut AETHER premiered in International Competition of Visions du Réel 2019, received the Golden Orange Jury Prize at Antalya FF, and continues screening and receiving awards.

Balam Bingül - Producer


Born in Istanbul / Turkey.

She graduated with a double degree in Law and Economics and minor degrees in Finance and Marketing from Koç University. During her studies Bingül was an assistant to professor for Rûken Tekeş. She worked as a Senior Financial Consultant at Deloitte for three large merger & acquisitions, then as Head of Business Strategy in a martech company for major investment deal with Sequoia and Riverwood Capital.


Bingül worked with Tekeş as the Production Coordinator for her multi award-winning films HEVÊRK / THE CIRCLE (2016) and AETHER (2019). She has joined Sarya Films Collective in 2020 as Producer.

Billur Arıkan - Producer


Born in Istanbul / Turkey.

She graduated from London Business School and served as Senior Officer in the media production and broadcasting. Arıkan is the Founder & CEO of Fabula Media, one of the largest film distribution companies in Turkey.


She co-produced the award-winning documentary feature AETHER (2019) by Rûken Tekeş with Italy. Arıkan is also the Producer for Tekeş’ feature fiction debut PHILAX.

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