2016, Turkey, 17', Dir. Serkan Kaçmaz, Turkish (English subtitles)
“I set up a stand. A police officer comes and says, ‘Hey, peddler, move along.’ A tourist comes and says, ‘here’s an artist.’ So says Ahmet Edis, who has been turning bits of stone into unique relief jewelry for over 20 years. Edis carefully collects shining pebbles from the banks of the Ceyhan River and then carves out images from nature and from local mythology. The process of coaxing an image out of stone resembles a form of meditation. Edis’s knife patiently chips away at the stone, its smooth surface a blank canvas out of which emerges a work of art. At its heart, Dust of the Stone is an appreciative essay on the transformative power of both nature and art.