By Batuhan Kurt
Original version with English subtitles
Dealing with the frog hunting profession that is being passed on from generation to generation by Romani people in Edirne, Turkey, the documentary film blends the cultural structure and aesthetics of the Romani neighborhood and examines the details of the frog hunting profession through the intimate relationship between fathers and sons. FROG HUNTERS also portrays the hunters’ struggles against the factories, which don’t recompense their hard work, and the pesticides that lower the population of frogs day by day.
Batuhan Kurt was born in 1991 in Edirne, Turkey. When he was in high school, he joined FilmTurkey, an international youth filmmaking project which was supported by SUNY Fredonia, Atlantik Film, and the United States Department of State. Through this project, he made a documentary titled BAHAR, which won different prizes in national and international film festivals. Since 2009, he made many short films, among others BLACK PIGEON (2016), and the documentary BORDER about Syrian refugees, which was supported by the Ministry of Culture. Currently, he is studying Cinematography and Editing at Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey.
Director: Batuhan Kurt
Script: Batuhan Kurt
Cinematography: Kürşat Taşçı, Ferhat Onur Ceylan
Editing: Günsu Yiğitcan
Production: Batuhan Kurt, Sait Kurtuluş
SATURDAY, 15:30, with Q&A with the director