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Dance the Past Into the Future

Mario Mattei
Mario Mattei, John Machado, Logan McAdams, David Hildreth, Mark Stewart

As social and economic forces encroach upon traditional culture in Turkey's Kachkar mountain highlands, many distinctive practices have vanished or are facing extinction. Among the three generations now straddling the not-yet-forgotten past and the globalized tomorrow, some are finding hope in one tradition that could stand alone as the primary catalyst for ongoing cultural identity, communal peace, and the celebration of life."A beautiful, cautionary tale about the trade-offs we make in our endless pursuit of perfection and progress." ---Jeremy Courtney, Author Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time"Tremendous imagery... and there's richness, depth and insight to [the] story." ---Jim Hanon, filmmaker, Beyond the Spear & Little Town of Bethlehem"Gorgeous, important work." ---Andy Crouch, Executive Editor of Christianity Today, Author of Culture Making"Dance the Past Into the Future approaches a story topic about cultural change and identity that will likely leave us all feeling both heart-broken and hope-filled." ---Bilge Eser, Sabah News (nation-wide newspaper in Turkey)"Mario Mattei is perhaps the most creative and one of the most effective people I know. He uses film and photography to portray Muslim cultures as beautiful in amazing ways." ---Carl Medearis, Author of Tea With Hezbollah & Christians, Muslims, & Jesus