Documentary on life of Ara Güler wins top award at US film festival

A film about the life and photographs of a legendary Turkish- Armenian photographer has won top honors at the Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival, Daily Sabah reports.

‘The Eye of Istanbul’, directed by Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak, tells the story of 87-year-old Armenian-Turkish photographer Ara Güler and his preparation process for his famous retrospective exhibition in Istanbul that captures images of Istanbul from 1950 through 2005.

From the documentary category, the film won the “best of the best” amongst all categories against more than 80 movies, feature length presentations, animation and shorts at the awards Sunday night.

The movie was completed in November and made its world premier at the festival.

Producer Ümran Safter said she has now set her sights on her next project, possibly of a movie that tells of how all world religions and races live together in peace, adding that Güler was a perfect example of such a story due to his Turkish-Armenian identity.

The Eye of Istanbul will be screened in Greece at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival later this week and at the South East European Film Festival in May in Los Angeles.

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