Our Ark

OUR ARK is an essay film on our efforts to create a virtual replica of the real world.

Director Biography

Deniz Tortum (Istanbul, 1989) is a filmmaker, based in New York. His work has been screened internationally, including at the Venice Film Festival, IFFR, SxSW, Sheffield, True/False and Dokufest. He has worked as a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where his research focused on virtual reality. In 2017-2018, he was a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center, working on "Phases of Matter", which premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2020. His film "If Only There Were Peace" (co-dir Carmine Grimaldi) received the best short documentary award at Dokufest and his latest 360 film "Floodplain" premiered in Venice Film Festival. He was recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He curated and produced the new media sections of !f Istanbul and Camden Film Festival.


Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton


Netherlands, United States, Turkey










Friday, 10 June 16:30 - 18:00 / Kijkhuis 2
90 min.
Sunday, 12 June 14:30 - 16:00 / Kijkhuis 1
90 min.

Also in this session

1. Mindset
Veronika Schubert, 6
2. Our Ark
Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton, 13
3. VO
Nicolas Gourault, 19
4. Virtual Voice
Suzannah Mirghani, 7
5. Minimal Sway While Starting My Way Up
Stéphanie Lagarde, 16
6. Agrilogistics
Gerard Ortín Castellví, 21

National Competition

Friday, 10 June 18:30 - 20:00 / Kijkhuis 2
90 min.

Also in this session

1. Our Ark
Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton, 13
2. Minimal Sway While Starting My Way Up
Stéphanie Lagarde, 16
3. Hantu
Kim Kokosky Deforchaux, 19
4. Heat Waves
Kent Chan, 21
5. Silent Heat
Luciënne Venner, 18