Rûken Tekeş, Kurdish born on 1976 in Diyarbakır – Turkey, she 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.
She 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. She is a member of European Film Academy.
Established in 2016 Sarya Films, written & directed & produced ‘Hevêrk / The Circle’ as her 1st short film. Hevêrk is nominated for 30th European Film Awards – European Short Film 2017, won many awards, and screened in international festivals, art centers and primary and secondary schools. AETHER is her debut feature documentary premiered at Visions Du Reel, International Competition in 2019.
She is a self-made filmmaker, involved in art since early ages by painting and dancing. She has a daughter and currently based in Istanbul.