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ÇeşmeThe Fountain



What happens to ordinary people when an empire falls down? 30 years ago, the Gagauzian minority living in the northern regions of the Black Sea was left abandoned in the middle of colliding political powers of European Union, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Turkey. Today, Gagauzians have nothing other than their bonds to each other.

The Fountain is about the ceasing culture and language of the Gagauz people. It portrays the effects of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union on different generations while displaying the consequences of the vast social assimilation by following the daily lives of local families. The tradition of the Gagauz community is unique and preserved almost intact for centuries. However, it is rapidly fading now, as the elderly pass away. Unfortunately, the fountain flows weaker and weaker through the new generations.

Director, Camera, Editing, Music: İlayda İşeri
Cast: Daradur Family, Petiş Family, Mutaf Family

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  • 42nd İFSAK Short Film and Documentary Competition 2022

  • 18th Akbank Short Film Festival 2022, Youth Category Mention Award

  • 12th Sinepark Short Film Festival 2022

  • TAYF International Short Film Festival 2022, Documentary Finalist

  • Uluslararası Frankfurt Türk Film Festivali 2022

  • Kısa Kısa Film Festivali 2022

  • Directed by Women Turkey 2021, Youth View First Prize

  • Uşak International Short Film Festival 2021, Best Student Documentary

  • Kısadan Hisse Short Film Festival 2021, 2nd Place High School Category

  • Antakya International Film Festival 2021, Student Category Finalist



  • Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival, 2022

  • DUff - Dubrovnik Film Festival 2022

  • Balkan Film Food Festival 2022

  • Deep Focus Film Festival 2022, Honorable Mention

  • See Online Film Festival - Cinesquare 2022

  • Student World Impact Film Festival 2022

  • Toronto International Women Film Festival 2022

  • Moscow Shorts 2022

  • Super International Teenager Film Festival 2022

  • Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival 2022 - Short Stop International Film Festival 2022

  • International Festival of Ethnological Film 2022

  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions @ PinewoodStudios 2022

  • The Paus Premieres Festival 2022

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