Tension has long simmered between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish separatists in southeastern Anatolia. In 2015, the conflict escalated into a military lockdown. Given the lack of media coverage, locals began filming the empty streets in single-take, one-hour clips which were posted to the internet and then vanished. As if by kismet, the falling of the Leonids coincided with this event— a breathtaking meteor shower that emblazons the black skies with impermanent light.
At once telluric and celestial, Meteors punctuates observational filmmaking with political commentary to capture a region of the world on the brink of civil war. Gürcan Keltek's first film premiered at Rotterdam, Hong Kong, and Thessaloniki; Locarno, where it won the Independent Film Critics' Best Film Award; Milan, where it won Best Film; Cartagena, where it won Best Film; Porto/Post/Doc, where it won the Grand Prix; and Bratislava, where it won Best Documentary.