Trapped In The Euphrates is a 25 min. documentary on the endemic fish, Luciobarbus esocinus, trapped in reservoir lakes following the construction of sequential dams along the Euphrates. It explores threats to the survival of this species from the perspective of scientists and local fisherman. The film take part in the 23th Boston Turkish Film Festival and made it to the finals.

  • Cüneyt Alpay
  • Cüneyt Alpay
  • Cüneyt Alpay
  • Ali Demirsoy
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  • Erkan Özgür
    Key Cast
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    25 minutes 41 seconds
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    April 27, 2018
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Director Biography - Cüneyt Alpay

Cüneyt Alpay (Istanbul, 1962) is a mountain guide, travel photographer, editor and author. He speaks English and German. In early 2000’s, he ran an online magazine which was one of top three visited web sites in Turkey. His passion, experiences and memories of fishing was reflected in his book, “Balık Avı Hikayeleri” (Fishing Stories), published by Denizler Kitabevi. He made several documentaries based on the places and people that he met while he was traveling for amateur fishing and underwater photography. His 24-minute long documentary, “Sivrice’de Son Usta” (The Last Master in Sivrice), is about an old man who is considered to be one of the last surviving amateur fishing masters. He made “Fırat’ın Tutsağı” (Trapped in the Euphrates) to draw attention to Luciobarbus esocinus (Fırat Turnası), an endemic largest freshwater fish of Turkey, which is about to become extinct because of the new dams built in the region. "Trapped in the Euphrates" was completed in 2018 and made it to the finals in the Documentary and Short Film Competition of the Boston Turkish Film Festival. His last work "Son Tuzak" (The Last Trap) is completed in 2023.

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