Monday, 3 February 2014

Doukhobor Documentary from Kars, Turkey

Kars, Turkey — The first draft of a new video documentary about Doukhobors is ready for proofing according to Vedat Akçayöz (Alchayoz), Director of the Kars Culture and Arts Association. He reports that translations into Russian and English should be complete in about 2 weeks, and a draft copy is being sent to Koozma Tarasoff for inspection.

Vedat hopes he can present this video in Canada at the 2014 USCC Union of Youth Festival in May. Sponsors are needed to fund his plane ticket (~$900), then volunteers for billeting and tour guiding.

He also sent a third drawing (below) by Ismet Koyuncu, a retired art teacher in Kars, titled (Turkish/English) : 1895- Duhoborlar Karahan 'da Silahlarını Yakıyorlar — The Spirit of the 1895 Arms Burning!

Vedat is one of the few descendants of Spiritual Christians remaining in Kars, Turkey. From his Prygun grandmother and mother he learned about ancestors in local villages and their pilfered cemeteries. For more than 15 years he has advocated for protection of the ruins and has became a volunteer historian. His previous work has been about non-Doukhobor Spiritual Christians (Turkish: Malakanlar).
Survey of Published Films and Videos on the Doukhobors
More news from Turkey about Doukhobors.


  1. Gunter Schaarschmidt4 February 2014 at 06:27

    I certainly look forward to seeing this documentary at the 2014 Festival in Castlegar.

  2. What was the news of this, I havnt seen anything yet, would like to be updated!

  3. I would love to see it. My family is of doukhobor descent.❤