The sheer scope of this film is astonishing. “The Watchtower of Turkey” is a stunning short video, showing the country from so many different angles and perspectives. “Over more than 3500 km traveled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia, all passing by a great variation of colors, lights, and weathers through six other cities,” the filmmaker explains. “I’ve crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the Turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people.. and got their smiles and their hospitality.”

From jaw-dropping views taken from hot air balloon to tiny details of faces on a bus, this film looks at the macro and the micro that the country has to offer. For the visuals alone, it’s clear why it was such a favorite. You can see the whole video here:

Watchtower of Turkey from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.

A country is the sum of so much — landscapes, people, tourists, homes, celebrations, music, food, and more. It can be hard to imagine it all at once. This film took on the huge task of capturing it all — and did a remarkable job of making that idea a reality.