ONE YEAR HORSES DOCUMENTARY
Yılkı Horses are the last representatives of a tradition that has lasted for millennia in Inner West Anatolia… The stories of the year-old horses, living in free herds in nature, extend from millennia to the present day, coming from thousands of kilometers away … A horse and attraction animal that has lived side by side with people for millennia with industrialization and modernization. The Yılkı horses, which have been released into the nature because they do not need to be used as a vehicle, are now somewhere between imagination and reality …
Just like in the fabulous geography of the land of horses, Kapakodia, in the vast Eynif Plain of Antalya, in the plateaus of the Emirdağ District of Afyon, a herd of 300 wild horses run in the lush green plateaus of Emirdağ, they feed on the endemic vegetation of the plateaus. goes down to the plains. Again in those green plateaus, herds of sheep and goats accompany those wild horses. These sheep and goats are flocks of Yoruk Turkmen.
Although the historical-cultural values and lifestyles of nomads are unfortunately lost with the modern world, they are the last examples of the 1000-year-old tradition, the Yılkı Horses, the sheep, goat herds and shepherds accompanying them.
FOLLOWING A THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF TRADITION.
Our documentary sets out to document this thousand-year history. In order to document the nomads, jade horses and Emirdağ plateaus without disappearing completely, without being completely destroyed by human hands in the modern world… Because again, there are some people in that region who think that the ground is as rich as the ground. Mining companies that come from thousands of kilometers away to extract whatever there is to make money under the ground and get support from a bureaucracy ready to sacrifice all the beauties of this country in the name of “development” …
A DOCUMENT TO NATURE AND HISTORY
Our aim, we said, is to document this thousand-year-old tradition without being destroyed. For this purpose, we will thoroughly evaluate the history of the horse-human relationship, the prominent racial features of horses and especially the jade horses, the value it expresses in literature and visual arts, by making special shots one by one with the experts. In addition to these, we will also include a very different dimension of the horse-human relationship in our documentary … Hippotherapy … We will evaluate together with the experts of the subject how these closest friends, who have lived side by side with people for millennia, have helped people in the spiritual healing. Experts on the subjects to be covered were selected and a preliminary discussion was held with them to participate in the project.
Our documentary is actually trying to make a record of what we sacrifice …
Our 52-minute documentary, directed by director-producer Fehmi Gerçeker, who has produced many internationally successful documentaries, is a traditional migrant to the horse-human relations, which are of great importance in Turkish cultural history, the last living representatives of Turkish culture, the nomads, the magnificent plateaus of Emirdağ. He zooms in on his life and animal husbandry, the ethnic and social lives of the last representatives of the Turkish nomadic traditions. While underlining the importance of nature for human beings as the main theme, it sets as a mission to give a documentary ecologist and cultural protectionist message as a sub-theme, and emphasizes how profit-oriented mining destroys our natural and historical values.
For the script writing of our documentary, whose planning has been completed, a 4-day trip to Emirdağ has been made, and visuals and sound recordings have been collected.
We are planning the shootings to take place in the spring. In line with our planning, the shooting process that will take place in different regions of our country and mainly in Emirdağ will take about ten days to document the year’s horse herds and nomad villages, and in addition to the natural images, the elderly living in the region, horse experts, expert historians, naturalists, sociologists and local government We foresee interviews with their representatives.
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH In addition to the shootings in Emirdag, with archival studies to be carried out, scientific data on the damage to the ecosystem by the year-old horses, nomadic stockbreeding, the traditions of the Turkmen in Afyon, and mineral exploration and extraction activities will take place in the fiction of the documentary.
FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL … This documentary is scheduled for its domestic premiere in late spring. Our goals include showing the film in national and international festivals, as well as broadcasting it on international channels such as ARTE, BBC World, Al Jazeera International and CCTV. Within the framework of this vision, we plan to prepare Turkish and English and distribute it to TVs all over the world.