Time Worm is a creative documentary, which combines documentary making with a collaborative performance with the children of Kulp, Diyarbakir in Eastern Turkey. It draws parallels between the life cycle of the silkworm Bombyx Mori and the life cycle of a silk maker family.
The silkworm’s fragile life starts and ends in the hands of humans just before it turns into the silk moth in order to produce a continuous thread of silk from its cocoon. The film captures silk farming; an ancient practice that brings together beauty and destruction.
Silk making is an ancient practice in Diyarbakir region, which came to an end in the 80s due to the introduction of free-market economy. It was further affected by the armed conflict between the Turkish government and the Kurdish rebels in the region and heavy migration. In early 2000s, silk making was reintroduced to Kulp, Diyarbakir.
In addition to the life cycle of the worm and the life cycle of the family, a performance by the children of the village on the reenactment of the life cycle of the silk worm is an important part of the film. The children interpret the life of the worm, which has a role in shaping their lives and future. These scenes enter the film in a surrealistic manner.