A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Thirty-three-year-old Süreyya works in a male-dominated industry. She is a professional balloonist, in Cappadocia, Turkey. At the start, neighbors cannot understand why her mother allows her to leave the family house in the early morning to go to work. It is dark and dangerous. But balloonists are creatures of the dawn. These neighbors also don’t believe women can fly. Süreyya is proving her doubters wrong, though. She is the first female hot air balloon pilot flying above Cappadocia. In this film from the ReelEarth collection, Filmmaker Oytun Orgul allows us to soar with Süreyya, high above the volcanic, chimney-like landscape. A generation ago, most people in Cappadocia made their living by farming the land below. Much has changed with the influx of visitors eager to witness the natural beauty of Süreyya’s home from the air. This intimate look reveal’s one pilot’s struggle to do—and to share—what she loves. Ultimately, her win is for her, for Turkey, and for us all.
Produced by Scott Sell
Perhaps you’ll take part in our optional Ballooning Over Cappadocia tour during Turkey's Magical Hideaways.