Organizzazione Umanitaria ONG Bambini nel Deserto Onlus
Cinema du Désert - Welcome to Georgia
Our Parallèle 49 On The Road Cinema du Desert Mongolia Team crossed the borders of Turkey at the end of May. June 13 they have reached the borders of Georgia only 300 cars away as they cue up in line leaving Turkey.
Our team does not have the ability to choose the best moment for their actions or movements they are on a course “On The Road Cinema du Desert Mongolia”.
They cannot change the programmed destinations of their trip, Turkey: STAGE TWO is “On The Road To Mongolia.
The Turkish children and non-profit organizations in Turkey anticipated the visit of our Parallèle 49 On The Road To Mongolia team our workshops and artistic and cultural cinema.
TIMING IS DEFINED AS WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS OR IS DONE EXPECIALLY WHEN IT IS THOUGHT OF HAVING A GOOD OR BAD EFFECT ON THE RESULT
Our Team crossed the Turkish borders on May 30th. Bad timing…….
On June 7th the Turkish Government had its official elections. Our team was caught up in a hot bed of a political turmoil after the ruling AK Party of Turkey lost its Parliamentary majority in the polls.
POLITICS HAVE NO RELATIONSHIPS TO HUMANITARIAN CAUSES
In Turkey, the state has a dominance of influence over civil society. On June 07, 2015 the Turkish civilians temporarily lost their rights of “freedom of assembly” banning public gatherings of 5 or more people. Therefore our “On The Road Cinema du Desert Mongolia” artistic and cultural cinema assemblies were prohibited in schools, orphanages and city centers.
All uploads to social media were monitored therefore communications of the project Parallèle 49 On The Road To Mongolia and the photos of the Street Children of Turkey are expressed only through the photography of Turkish artist Sevket Sahintas.
Our team could not risk any controversial social media uploads.
Turkey is a country sharing borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran. Nearly 2 million Syrian refugees live in Turkish encampments. The encampments in Turkey are role models as being the best in the world providing temporary shelter for Syrian civilians in the city of Kilis. A model development of public housing and educational systems supported by the Turkish Government. Our team had appointments at the Olive Tree Preschool and Kindergarten school systems within the encampment herald as superior to the State run schools of Turkey. Our team was anxious to experience this microcosm of “state of the art” refugee shelters however the Turkish present day politics prohibited any exchange.
All encampments were off limits in addition to any State run establishments.
A CAT BITTEN BY A SNAKE DREADS EVEN A ROPE
Weary from travel and unexpected incidents and tragedies, the French, Lézards Migrateurs and the Italians, Bambini nel Deserto were divided by fear. Lézards Migrateurs wanted to turn back and go home. The Bambini nel Deserto Team wanted to continue. The Bambini nel Deserto team are seasoned travelers with four African Cinema du Desert expeditions to credit in the most feared frontiers of the world. They vowed to continue the expedition driving by compassion in the face of fear.
Aware that dissension within the team weakens the overall goal, discords must be resolved with a focus on the end game, Ulan Bator, Mongolia!!!
The team took a “time out” in Turkey and re-evaluated the present crisis and agreed the roads ahead were full of promise.
Reunited they are now once again Parallèle 49 On The Road To Mongolia Lézards Migrateurs.
SOMETIMES THAT WHICH IS BEFORE YOU IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT WHICH EXIST IN PRECENDENCE.
The meanest fears and prejudices and resentments have been showcased against the Turks in Hollywood films as Lawrence of Arabia and Midnight Express. The risk are real for our Parallèle 49 On The Road To Mongolia team. Day to day Turkey is defining it’s new independence however cautions must be taken into accord.
Photo credits:Courtesy of Getty Images
Our Parallèle 49 Team On The Road To Mongolia team is in Stage Two with 6 stages ahead. They have put aside their indifferences, their fears and are forging ahead as a humanitarian team united by the cause artistic, educational and cultural workshops and cinema for the children they will encounter and enlighten on the road to Mongolia.
When our team crossed the borders of Bulgaria to Turkey the Turkish border controller told them as he laughed, “ You will never leave Turkey with those cargo trucks. Our team replied, “they are not trucks they are our homes”.
2 weeks later our team is lined up in 7 km of cars and trucks waiting to leave Turkey crossing into the Georgian borders.
The children of Turkey they came to bring their cinema too were never encountered.
However, “home is where the heart is” and our team in their caravan of trucks, an International group of humanitarian workers and filmmakers and their four legged companions (dogs) will continue now to Georgia and then Armenia: Stage Three “On The Road Cinema du Desert Mongolia” Parallèle 49 Lézards Migrateurs.
Negative criticism put aside on the unfavorable portrayal of Turkey and its politics, the team moves ahead on the road to Mongolia positive and secure.
Şevket Şahintaş has been working as a taxi driver in Istanbul since 1988. Sevket Sahintas is also an acclaimed Photograph. The subjects of his exhibit “The Other Side Of The Night” reflect the current conditions of the homeless in Istanbul. Adults and children struggling for their lives on the street. www.sevketsahintas.com