- IFSAK National Short Film and Documentary Festival (1997)
- Hiroshima Film Festival (1997)
Producer and Director: Okan Ünsür | Co-Producer: Orkide Ünsür
Camera: Okan Ünsür, Second Camera: Orkide Ünsür
Powwow time is the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and make new ones. This is a time to renew thought of the old ways and to preserve a rich heritage.
For me, Native American culture is always interesting with their philosophy, way of thinking, and shamanic rituals.
In 1996 my brother Okan was in Montreal for education and I was working at ATV in Istanbul. We decided to shoot this short documentary about Powwow. I travelled to Canada and it was the longest trip in my life with 2 transfer destination. I had our Hi 8 camera in it’s case during all long hours by my side. When I was in Montreal I was very happy but totally jetlag and tired.
During the shooting procedure, we are welcomed from the community and spent nice time with them. I remember, it was very hot time in the middle of summer in July but second day of the event it rained cats and dog which was surprising. I was nice experiment to know these people more, with observing their ceremonies, dances, songs, foods and talking with them personally.