It’s the journey of her life: musician Petra travels all the way from Berlin to eastern Iran, via Anatolia, in search of the origins of her favorite string instrument: the Saz

It’s the journey of her life: Petra Nachtmanova travels to both the end of the world and the centre of her heart. The Berlin musician heads off in search of the origins of a string instrument tangled in myths, which found its way to her in the streets of Berlin Kreuzberg: the Saz. She travels from Berlin to Istanbul, through Anatolia, over the snowy peaks of the Caucasus and into the dusty desert of eastern Iran. She meets Bosnian instrument makers, music teachers who climb mountains in suits and chainsmoking Turkmen who possibly invented blues rock. She has one request for each encounter: ‘Play me a song that I can take home with me’. First she meets skeptical amazement. Then enthusiasm. And finally, deep trust. ‘Saz’ is a film about the power of music and the scope of the world, simultaneously a road movie and a quest for meaning, a breathtaking trip in the border region between Europe and Asia, which shows that despite conflict and crisis, there is a human everywhere out there, as well as something special that holds us together.

Genre Feature Documentary / Culture
Length 97’/54’ HD
Film by Stephan Talneau
Production Co-Production ANTHRO Media with ZDF/ARTE, with the support of Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein
Original Title Von Berlin nach Khorassan - Das Geheimnis der Saz / La route du Saz - les secrets d’un instrument légendaire
Year 2019

Festivals and awards
Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey 2019