Wınd Back 12,000 Years

The place, Urfa, the time, 12,000 years ago…

We are in Urfa and we’ve turned our clocks back 12,000 years. To the Neolithic, aka, the New Stone Age, an era in which the oldest place of worship was still ‘the topic of the day’. Yes, you’re right; it’s impossible. There is no way of traveling back in time yet. But if we really want to, it will happen; some way will be found. We can watch, for example, Ahmet Turgut Yazman’s feature-length film, ‘Göbeklitepe: The World’s First Temple’. Why? Well, out of curiosity for one thing. If not that, then because it’s worth stepping backwards to leap into the future.

And who knows? Perhaps making a leap of 12,000 years could help us construct a future full of surprises. Counting two years of research and preliminary studies, a total of four years went into the making of this documentary, which was shot in India, Egypt and at Urfa Göbeklitepe in southeastern Turkey. The two- and three-dimensional animated visual effects took 1,200 hours alone. Backed up with animations and interviews with experts in the fields of archaeology, astronomy, mysticism, religion and history, the film takes the viewer back 12,000 years in a story that questions beliefs and reveals how taboos begin to break down when we scratch the surface a little.