The Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award: The Shore This film is a powerful metaphor for the environmental issues that are affecting communities the world over.
Ruya Arzu Koksal Director
Ruya Arzu Koksal was born in Ankara in 1972. After graduating from Tarsus American School she received her B.A. degree on Linguistics at Hacettepe University in 1994. She works as a tourist guide in Turkey and leads cultural trips to Central Asia, India, Nepal and Tibet. Her travel articles have been published in a number of newspapers and magazines.
She completed an educational documentary filmmaking program in Istanbul in 2003 but she got the bulk of her education working in the field of documentaries. She is the founder of Turkishmoon Films.
Her first film Forsaken Paths, received awards at Boston Turkish Films Festival, Ankara Film Festival and IFSAK. She was personally invited to Pesaro to present the film in 2007. Her second documentary, New Life in Old Foça was awarded by "EU-UNDP “Sustainable Development Project.
Her documentary "The Shore" has reached a wide spectrum of audience in Turkey and abroad and drew attention to the destruction of the Black Sea coastline. The Shore won the best film award from TRT. Rüya Köksal was officially invited to Astra, Cottbus and Paris FIFE film festivals to present the film to create awareness to environmental hence social issues in Turkey.
Her new film "An Argonaut in Ordu" recently won the "Jury Special Award" at International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in 2010.
Filmography & Awards: "An Argonaut in Ordu" 72' 2010
47th Int. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2010. "Jury Special Award"
"The Shore" 56' 2008
14th. Boston Turkish Art & Culture Festival, 2009, "Special Mention" TRT Documentary Film Competition, 2008, “Best Film Award” 19th Ankara Int. Film Festival 2008. “3rd Best Prize”
"New Life in Old Foca" 10’ 2007
“UNDP Sustainable Development Project Winner”
"Forsaken Paths" 36’ 2006
12th Boston Turkish Culture Festival, “Best Documentary” 28. IFSAK Film Festival, “Best Documentary” 17. Ankara International Film Festival, “Jury Special Prize”
On the black sands of Black Sea Shores local residents enjoy the final days of summer, as they have for generations. Fisherman near Trabzon, Turkey are counting their last catch and wondering how they will survive. All try to ignore the reality that these treasured shores are doomed as trucks have begun pouring tons of rock into the sea along the five-mile-long coast of Vakfikebir, irreversibly destroying the shoreline to create a new highway. A culture shaped by the sea is on the brink of extinction. The new highway will stand like a wall between a seafaring people and the wild waves of the Black Sea they have sailed for centuries.