Stone and Water

In the city of Batman in the southeast corner of Turkey, an image of the ancient city of Hasankeyf decorates an ornamental fountain, while the modern town of Hasankeyf lies underwater, submerged following the construction of the Ilısu Dam. Through the marvels of 21st-century engineering, structures like the 600-year-old Eyyubi Mosque and the 1,100-ton, 15th-century tomb of Zeynel were moved to higher ground, but Hasankeyf itself is no more. What is the connection between place, idea and image? What happens to the meaning of an image (or of a structure) when it appears in different contexts? Stone and Water is a playful short film that invites viewers to explore these ideas, while recognizing the weight associated with witnessing.