Son Sungerci - The Last Sponge Diver


Son Süngerci

In Competition

Directed by Sibel Goloğlu Mesci, Savaş Karakaş
Written by Sibel Goloğlu Mesci

Doc. / 49’ 50” / 2011


Story of a flashback of the last sponge diver of Turkey. An epic written in the depths of the Aegean Sea by the Turkish and Greek sponge divers is now being told by ‘Aksona Mehmet’ who still dives in his 60s. Aksona Mehmet sets sail to revisit the reefs in his memories off  Bodrum and Kalymnos. Aksona not only dives for sponge, but remembers the good old days, buddies he lost at sea, the memory of the fruitful hunts he once scored. He narrates the story of the old sea-wolves to the sailors and divers of today, so their epic will not be forgotten.

Selected Festivals and Awards

8th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Qatar

Son SungerciSibel GOLOĞLU MESCİ

Sibel Goloğlu Mesci  was born in Istanbul at 1970.  She graduated from Istanbul University Radio –TV Broadcasting Program(1990). She worked in many TV stations as assistant of director, video editor, editing director and director. She works for İz TV since 2005. In 2008 she attended 5th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival as jury member. Her films have been screened in many national and international festivals and received awards. Some of her films are Ship of Death (2012), Unidentified Murders’ Time (2011), Beyond the Words (2010), Saving Kocaoğlan (2010), The Hero in the Depths: Mustafa Ertuğrul (2008)


Savaş Karakaş was born in 1968 in Ankara. He holds a BA in Economics. Although he was a very popular TV personality hosting live morning shows and entertainment programs he preferred to change this path and to trace the footsteps of his grandfather who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. In 1997 he started to research the Gallipoli shipwrecks. He has produced, hosted and contributed to many TV programs on Gallipoli for national and international broadcasters. ‘Gallipoli: History in the Depths’, ‘Gallipoli: War beneath the waves’ are just two among many of his documentary productions. Karakaş also focused on animal rights issues and produced award winning films such as ‘Saving Flipper’ and ‘Bear Saviours’. He currently works for Iz TV in Turkey.


Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston