NOOR - Where do we go next, habibi?
Ekaterina Anchevskaya, documentary photographer and filmmaker originally from Moscow, Russia. Ekaterina has background in Journalism and Languages (English and Spanish) and works on long-term stories mostly based in Eastern Europe. In 2015 she was awarded Royal Photographic Society Bursary for an on-going story about the Black Sea and currently Ekaterina is a part of Getty Reportage Emerging Talent showcase. Based between London and Moscow, she is planning to move to Turkey to continue working on the story ‘ Where do we go next, habibi?’
Where do we go next, habibi?
On-going story following life of a Syrian refugee who now lives in Turkey and has become a part of smuggling process of the refugees to Europe. A.H. does it because he wants to help people, because ‘ Syrians don’t deserve what is happening to them now’. Story shows a person who has experienced the war, had to fight for his new life, break the law and still being a human. It is his intimate life, his interaction with refugees, friends and his fiance.
A.H. is always on the move, sometimes to meet his love, sometimes in search of freedom for himself and for the others. His phone is always ringing. People are asking for his help, those who are left out by the society and government, who fled the war and want to keep pushing for their life. A.H. is doing his best to help them by going against the law and at the same time earning his own living to maintain the house and his future family.
The first part of the story took place in Izmir and Kilis where A.H. got engaged. It will be continued in summer to follow a family being smuggled to Greece and A.H. wedding.