Thanks to its nature and historic sites, Bursa in northwestern Turkey serves as the exclusive backdrop for short films that bring the stories of seven great doctors of the Islamic Golden Age to life.
The films focus on the life and work of Ibn Sina, known as Avicenna in the West; the Iranian mathematician al-Biruni; Ibn al-Jazzar, the first to diagnose leprosy; Ibn al-Nafis, the first to describe the pulmonary circulation of blood; Ibn Bajja, known in the West as Avempace; al-Zahrawi or Abulcasis, the founder of modern surgery, and al-Razi, whose Latinized name is Rhazes or Rasis.
The 8th 7 Saints 7 Cities International Short Film Festival, the world’s first Sufi film festival, is being held this year under the theme “Doctors of the Old Age”.
Focusing annually on seven Islamic scholars from seven provinces, the festival this year honors seven prominent Muslim scientists who have shaped the history of medicine, in tribute to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic around the world.
The festival organizes competitions in two categories of script and short films. In the first category, short film scripts, inspired by the life, thoughts, philosophies and advice of the seven scholars compete for the prize.
Then a winner is selected for each fellow from among these scenarios and the seven best scripts are turned into a film by a team of professionals from the Competent Art Cinema and Culture Association. In the second category, these short films compete for the first prize.
After the first category was completed, the filming of the best scenarios recently took place in the historic city of Bursa, the first Ottoman capital.
Filming locations included OrtakÃ¶y Caravanserai in InegÃ¶l District, Karacabey Floodplain Forest, 700-year-old CumalÄ±kÄ±zÄ±k Village, IssÄ±z Han (hostel) in Karacabey and GelemiÃ§ district. in the district of Keles.
Ali AyyÄ±ldÄ±z, who has contributed to numerous television series to date, is directing the films and a cast of 105 people are involved in the filming.
Eda SÃ¼rmeli, head of the festival committee and the competent Association of Cinema and Art Culture, told the Anadolu Agency (AA) that 2021 is the year of health professionals, so they turned focused on doctors from the golden age of Islam at the festival.
Stating that Bursa offers great filming opportunities, SÃ¼rmeli said, âThere are a lot of unseen and unexplored natural beauties here. We bring them to the big screen. For example, there are some very nice bazaars and inns in Bursa as it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire. We turned them into a movie set. We also shot in the village of CumalÄ±kÄ±zÄ±k which is a UNESCO heritage site. Our actors are surprised when they see the filming locations in nature. As a team, we can enter into the spirit of old years thanks to these places. Therefore, great movies are coming. “