Harvest of Light

Turkish capital Ankara’s district Evren is home to a community of seasonal workers. The workers, who come to Evren with their families to harvest onions, are trying to cope with various difficulties while trying to hold on to life.
The documentary “Harvest of Light” is centered around the generator, used as a metaphorical beacon of hope in the film, and operates for only 2 hours a day. In this short time, the workers tell their stories amidst the chaos of labor, perseverance, and the struggle to catch up with life.
Alternating between light and darkness, these people forget their troubles with the light emitted by electricity, get away from their daily lives, and step into a completely different world.
As the documentary progresses, it crosses the boundaries of time and delves deeper into the lives of the workers. Their never-ending hopes illuminate their search for a better life for themselves and their families.
Through intimate interviews and captivating visuals, “Harvest of Light” interweaves the stories of seasonal workers to create a portrait of their dreams, aspirations, and daily struggles. The documentary seeks to raise awareness of workers’ rights, child labor, women’s empowerment, and the universal right to education.
Focusing on the lives of onion harvest workers in Evren, this documentary exposes a broader global issue, the vulnerability of seasonal workers around the world. The documentary invites viewers to reflect on their consumption habits and reminds us of our responsibility as a society.
Through its compelling storytelling and visuals, the documentary encourages viewers to question the deeper consequences of their actions and reflect on what they can do for a more just and equitable society.
Best Woman Film-maker
Best Feature Documentary


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