Eda Elif Tibet is an independent documentary filmmaker and an anthropologist from Istanbul. She holds an MPhil degree on Social Anthropology from the University of Kent (UK) and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bern, Switzerland and a research assistant at PH Bern.
Eda’s latest films are produced under her independent film label Karma Motion, which she runs together with Inanc Tekguc. Her award winning documentary films, which have made it into worldwide film festivals and international broadcasts, are telling the stories of Tibetan medicine practitioners in Ladakh India, nomadic pastoralists in Turkey, refugee musicians in Istanbul and the cave dwellers of Cappadocia (a UNESCO World Heritage site) where she is rooted from: Ballad for Syria (2017), directed with Maisa Alhafez from Syria, received the award for free speech from Calcutta Cult film festival India and award of recognition by Independent Hollywood Documentary Film Festival in the US; Refugee Here I Am (2015), directed with Enzo Ikah, political refugee and human rights activist from DRC, received the Gold Human Rights Award from Jakarta Film Festival; Hey Goat (2014), made in collaboration with the Mediterranean Consortium and MAVA Foundation, was recognised as the best environmental film by Sustainable Development Film Festival in Slovenia; and Amchi (2013), awarded the most inspiring filmmaker of the year and best story by Jakarta film festival.
Karmamotion is the collaborating partner of GDFs Mediterranean cultural landscapes project that aims to document and construct new compelling narratives of landscape management and stewardship in the Mediterranean region. By seeking to engage audiences in a productive dialogue around the meaning of cultural landscapes and their transformations through migration, education and climate change, Karmamotion documents GDFs close engagement with the communities at stake. Eda will also be working on a feature ethno fiction film on the High Atlas region in Morocco, together with Inanc Tekguc and Gary Martin to be released by 2022.