Experiencing Interruptions?


This film is about a young man named Jahmai who is connection to nature is strong but access to it is limited. I look forward to a world where everyone has equal access to Mother Nature, to our natural habitat.

Trees, stones, the soil have the power to regenerate healing in your soul and body. Running in cities we often forget the hunter-gatherer side that has been living barefoot on the soil for over 300,000 years.

We, humans, after the Neolithic revolution, built the cities and became city dwellers and started to live in this system just a few thousand years ago.

NO, we haven’t adapted. Our bodies and mind still struggle with this unnatural change.

So when we listen to Mother Nature we go back to the lessons we needed to learn, or the guidance we need at this moment.

Nature heals. Protect, preserve and love it.

  • Elif Koyutürk
    Guardians of Anatolia
  • Elif Koyutürk
  • Christina Linton
  • Jahmai
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Elif Koyutürk

Originally from Istanbul Turkey, Elif Koyutürk captures the aesthetics of invisible feelings that make us look within, leveraging the mediums of film, painting, and photography. Motivated to capture fading cultures and indigenous practices, she travels the globe in search of the rawest and authentic humanity a population has to offer.

Connecting with people of all walks of life, Elif seeks those on the fringes, pushing the boundaries of their honest life’s mission, those who seek and find their own wild calling. Growing up in the mountains of Ancient Mesopotamia she has a direct connection with Mother Nature. Awed by the abundance and mystery of nature and the soil from which it stems, Elif’s natural studies and artworks have a symmetrical harmony with her subject’s pure presentation, capturing what nature intended.

She shares this moving imagery helping her viewers to find our own North Stars and the courage to break the molds we’ve confined ourselves within.

As both documentary filmmaker and photography artist, she excels in threading foreign concepts together with golden lines, and from there, an understanding is birthed. Her eye sees the work for what could be and what should be and is not dissuaded by merely what is. She might tell a story with one image, or an entire cultural underpinning in a short film.

Overlaying this talent is an aesthetic gift of composition, color, perspective, and light that strikes her viewers without preamble or apology. Her approach to life and her work are raw and direct. Each project is a personal challenge and pursuit. She does not work for applause or accolades, but simply to quench the urge to communicate these stories of pure and just hearts; raw and authentic nature.

As a humanitarian, Elif has spent time supporting refugees in war-torn Syria, children in impoverished Turkish villages, and worked with inner-city and under-resourced youth in the United States. She recently developed a giveback program, Art for Humanity, where the sales of limited edition prints provide much-needed clothing for the children of Eastern Turkey.

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