DPF getting Press in Turkey

As mentioned in a previous post, I (Mario) was interviewed by a nation-wide newspaper about Dance the Past Into the Future and the unique approach we've taken toward Visual Peacemaking by actually living in Turkey.

Sabah article and Mario.jpg

The print and online articles went live today. The translated version is below. This has brought on an onslaught of more media attention. This Wednesday we'll interview with a TV station. Meanwhile, we continue to piece the story together as we scour through compelling transcripts and captivating visuals. 

I should note that a few facts are wrong in the article. I'm from Arizona and we filmed 40+ hours not 100s.

From Sabah News in Turkey

They Migrated from California to Trabzon

by BİLGE ESER  04.02.2013

(Translated from Turkish)
The couple Mario and Angela Mattei, of California, United States, toured many countries in search of living a different kind of life. In 2009, both decide to settle in Antalya, Turkey with their daughter Izzy, and son Emery. While 33 year old photographer Mario Mattei was publishing two photography books their 3rd child Joseph was born. Each time he visited the mountainous areas of the Black Sea, Mario began to hear the call to discover more. By going to villages and highland plateaus Mattei was able to conduct interviews and film hundreds of hours of video footage. 

Mattei said the Horon dance itself is a cultural influencer, "something that brings people together. When there is tension between villagers they will dance in different Horon circles. But later they come together to dance in the same circle. It's actually a peacemaking tradition." Mattei compiled stories from a Tulum bagpipe player and a master craftsmen in wood-home carpentry, saying, "The Serender hut this carpenter was making by-hand without using any nails could be one of the last anyone will witness."

When this documentary "Dance the Past Into the Future"---about the Horon dance, Serender huts, and life in the highlands is finished---Mattei has plans to tour the film in Turkish film festivals and festivals around the world.

Mattei has experienced 'neighborly hospitality' in his own neighborhood, saying, "we make cookies for each other and share them. This happened more in the U.S. 30 years ago, but with increasing technology, time spent in community has been reduced." 

Turkey's "place in the center of the world", Mattei perceives as an American photographer, "makes it a bridge between East and West capable of destroying the tension between the two. Turkey is a natural birthplace for Visual Peacemaking, a place of origin."

Mattei's only complaint of Turkey is that electronics and vehicles are twice as expensive. He enjoys films like Neseli Hayat (Merry Life) and the comedies of Recep Ivedik. His favorite Turkish foods are buttered beans, rice, lentil soup, ezogelin soup, and every week he can't stop returning for Alexander's dish. 

Mattei says that he feels close to the independent and lively spirits of Trabzon people, and he even supported Trabzon Spor in the soccer match against Istanbul's Galatasaray.