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.
Since joining GESA in 2014, Eda produced various media work as part of the Global Environments Network’s communications and outreach strategies together with Inanc Tekguc, including documenting the GESAx talk series and the introductory short film “Where have all our environmental leaders gone?” Her upcoming films are Awakening (2018, with Inanc Tekguc), The Art of Transformation (2019, Rama Mani) and Stories from the High Atlas (2022, with Inanc Tekguc and Gary Martin).