Erol Mintaş (b. 1983, Kars). I have been carrying with me the passion and love for community radio and sound art since I was a child. The first moment in my life that I heard the voice of a radio was the voice of Radio Yerevan’s one hour program in Kurdish. At the time, my mother tongue Kurdish was totally forbidden so we used to listen to the program in secret. The radio has had a big impact on my childhood and my early memories of storytelling. The stories that I heard from the airwaves carried me later to filmmaking. Telling a story only with the sound and voices inspired me a lot as a storyteller. Radio always appears in my films as an element of the story and in the world of my characters. As a sign of gratitude to those memories; I’ve initiated Helsinki Open Waves for all languages.