Documentary


Fish migration in Bosporus, philosophers era…
The first one to write about the abundance of fish in Bosphorus was Homeros.
At the time period, fishing was the main natural resource and income source of Byzantium’s capital Constantinople.
The current in Bosphorus towards Byzantium was a great opportunity, as the fish naturally flew to Byzantium whether they willing or not
Strabon mentioned Halic, known as the Golden Horn, as the place where bonitos are mostly caught.
In this era, the schools are so crowded and fishing was the primary income source that Byzantines put imageries of bonito and tuna on their money.
Fish was so abundant during Ottoman, it was even caught by hand from the coast.
According to Karekin Deveciyan, there were over 6 million large Bluefish coming to fish market in 1911.
Given that the population was around 1 million, this amounts to yearly 16 kilo per person, an incredible number.
Once upon a time, fish in Bosphorus was abundant enough to find its place in the philosophers’ books from antique era.
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* !F istanbul independent Film festival 18-25 February, 2017
* Ankara International Film Festival 20-30 April, 2017
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Narration: Alptekin Serdengeçti
Animation Artist: Joao Dias
Scenario: Mert Gokalp / Onur Uysal
Editor: Mehmet Abanoz
Producer: Mert Gokalp
Director: Mert Gokalp
Music: Berke Can Özcan / Burak Irmak


A crowded fish school is passing through Bosporus annually where 15 million people live and wait for the return of the bluefish to fill their nets, fishing lines, their stomach and to join their dinner table.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
The documentary is about a fish that had huge cultural influence over a region for thousand years and empires long, which was overfished over the last decades. Blue fish aggressive and fast attacks almost any fish undersized, hard to catch. There are stories of careless fisherman that lost fingers or get a good scratch while trying to release it from the fishing hook. There are even some fisherman stories in which, bluefish schools chasing hungry dolphins. The fish highly desired in the region; nearly 70% of World harvest is from Turkey & Marmara Sea. The documentary is following the annual migration of the Blue fish along Bosporus both under and above water together with the human stories & lives (fisherman, scientist, restaurants, NGO’s, writers, poets, bloggers, reporters) bonded to it. The cultural and economical importance of the fish for the people is worthless and there is no coming back from extinction for this incredible species, which sadly means a loss of seamanship/cuisine culture!
SYNOPSIS
The bluefish a much loved and iconic symbol of İstanbul face the threat of extinction. The bluefish is an Istanbul icon stories about what is lithe silvery fish, the fastest and most ferocious swimmer of the Bosporus, can do. Called a small monster or piranha there are rumours of it attacking cluster of bonito and even dolphins. The fish is truly a Bosporus legend. The Bosporus has already lost some of its famous inhabitants; the giant blue-fin tuna and its predator, the great white shark, no longer swim through. Lobsters that ere once plentiful in the Marmara, swordfish and the Mediterranean seals are also long gone. Most recently the Bosporus mackerel disappeared. Is the bluefish next in line? Combining magical underwater footage with interviews with fisherman, activists, and more, the film the fish story with great sensitivity.
* !F istanbul independent Film festival 18-25 February, 2017
* Ankara International Film Festival 20-30 April, 2017
Producer: Mert Gokalp/Onur Uysal
Editing: Mehmet Abanoz
Film Score: Berke Can Ozcan/Burak Irmak
DOP/Director: Mert Gokalp

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LUFER (Bluefish) is a glitter in people’s eyes, big time money for the small & big fisherman. Lufer fishing is an addiction daily routine for the retired, unemployed and off time employer/hobbyists across Bosporus. If you have a chance to travel around Istanbul coastline a day in October, you can count around ten thousand fishing roads, day & night. It means gathering reason for families & friends, for table conversations all around the canal. Lufer means these facts and many more for thousands of years for the people residing around Bosporus waters. But with the advancement of the heavy industry and human population increase since 1950’s the numbers of fish migrating is diminishing year by year. Some inividuals & NGO’s are trying to pictures this fact with public awareness campaigns, advertisements but no one has ever truly documented the Bluefish migration underwater, the fish caught in the nets, fishing lines, underwater footage from Marmara Sea and most importantly; people of Istanbul through the eyes LUFER and Bluefish through the eyes of its inhabitants.

A crowded fish school is passing through Bosporus annually where 15 million people leave and wait for the return of the bluefish to fill their nets, fishing lines, their stomach and to join their dinner table.

The documentary is about a fish that had huge cultural influence over a region for thousand years and empires long, which was overfished over the last decades. Blue fish aggressive and fast attacks almost any fish undersized, hard to catch. There are stories of careless fisherman that lost fingers or get a good scratch while trying to release it from the fishing hook. There are even some fisherman stories in which, bluefish schools chasing hungry dolphins. The fish highly desired in the region; nearly 70% of World harvest is from Turkey & Marmara Sea. The documentary is following the annual migration of the Blue fish along Bosporus both under and above water together with the human stories & lives (fisherman, scientist, restaurants, NGO’s, writers, poets, bloggers, reporters) bonded to it. The cultural and economical importance of the fish for the people is worthless and there is no coming back from extinction for this incredible species, which sadly means a loss of seamanship/cuisine culture!

Kadim bir ses, başlıyor anlatmaya 1900’lerin basındaki İstanbul’u; baliğin bol olduğu zamanları, orkinosları, fokları, ıstakozları, orkinos pesinde gelen canavar balıklarını, uskumruyu, İstanbul sokaklarındaki balık mezatini, manzaraları Haliç denizini tamamen kapatan balıkçı kayıklarını, el birliğiyle naralar eşliğinde kıyaya çekilen ağları ve LUFERI… her bir boyuna verilen adını (Defne Yaprağı, Çinakop, Lüfer, Kofana, Sırtıkara), balığın İstanbullu için anlamını, ve anlatıyor yine İstanbullunun ettiğine bu balığa, sanayileşme, milyonlarca insan, atıklar, denize karsı bu öfke, NEDEN!

Birçok canlıyı kaybettik; canavar balıkları, fok, orkinos, LUFER sıradaki mi…?

Hikaye lüferin Boğaza girişiyle başlıyor, sürünün sualtında Boğaz boyunca karşılaştıkları, avlanması, küçük balıklara yaptıkları ataklar, balık sürelerinin akıntıları kullanarak panik halinde geçişi ve insanlarla karşılaşması, sandallar, balıkçılar, büyük av tekneleri, ağlar, kuşlar, sürü içinden elenenler, kıyıya gelen balıklar, oltacılar, Lüferi yakalayanlar, onların hikayeleri, her gün sabah ağarmadan Boğazın deliren sularına kosan cins cins insanlar, nasıl avlanıyor, hiç bir hafta sonu aksatmadan kıyıya gelip oltan atan bir garip deliler, kime satılıyor, kim yiyor lüferi ve nasıl yiyor, niye yiyor? Restorancılar, rakıcılar, yiyiciler, lüferin evlerde birleştirdiği aileler. Balık azalmaya yüz tutmuş, kimler koruyor bu baliği, yapılan kampanyalar (Greenpeace, Fikir Sahibi Damaklar) ve yazarlar, ne demek lüfer? Lüfer neden İstanbul demek, Lüfer İstanbullu için ne demek? ve İstanbul, Boğaz ve Adalar, sualtından bakınca, lüferin gözünden bakınca nasıl gözüküyor, o insanlar o 15 milyon insan her gün koşuşturan, donup bakar mi Lüfere? Hisseder mi acaba yitirdiklerimizi ve yitireceklerimizi?