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17/12/2011 @ 11:00 - 19/05/2012 @ 17:00
17 December 2011 – 19 May 2012
Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits
Director: İmre Azem, Turkey, Germany, 2011, 93′
Discussant: YAŞAR ADANALI (University of Stuttgart, Dept. of International Urbanism)
Ecologic thresholds are surpassed, economic thresholds are surpassed, population thresholds are surpassed and social harmony is upset. Here is the depiction of neoliberal urbanization: “City without Limits.” In his first feature-length documentary, İmre Azem aims for a wholesome approach to Istanbul; as much as questioning the change itself, he questions the underlying dynamics. He takes us on a long journey in this endless city, from demolished slums to the tops of the skyscrapers, from the depths of the Marmara Sea to the route of the third bridge crossing the Bosphorus, from real estate investors to urban opposition.
17 December 2011, 19:00
Nostalgia for the Light
Director: Patricio Guzman,
Chile, France, Spain, Germany, 2010, 90′
Discussant: ÖZGÜR SEVGİ GÖRAL (Truth, Justice and Memory Studies)
In Chile, astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars at three thousand meters altitude in desert Atacama. Sky there gets so transparent that it allows them to see the boundaries of the universe clearly. And the desert sand, dried by the harsh heat of the sun, keeps the human remains intact: those of the mummies, explorers and miners. There are also remains of the dictatorship’s political prisoners… While the astronomers examine the most distant galaxies in search of probable intergalactic life forms, at the foot of the observatories women are digging through the desert sand in search of their disappeared relatives.
30 December Friday 2011, 19:00
Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark
Director: May Ying Welsh, Qatar, Bahrain, USA, 2010,
A country that seems to be forgotten by the world, with its people at the mercy of their dictator. “Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark” unfolds the dramatic and hopeless situation which Bahrainian society is facing. The people’s attempt to be one of the Arab Spring’s successors fails as a result of the ruthless and intransigent actions of their oppressors. Shot undercover in Bahrain over the course of three months, the film follows the saga of a people who broke the barriers of fear and are fighting for democratic rights. The film is foremost set inside a hospital where doctors and nurses equally try the impossible: to treat the interminable torrent of incoming wounded protesters and state militia with their last ounces of strength.
Postponed to 4 February 2012, 19:00
12 Angry Lebanese
Director: Zeina Daccache, Lübnan – Lebanon, 2009, 78′
Discussant: ZAFER KIRAÇ (Foundation of Civil Society in the Penal System)
Zeina Daccache who has been specialized in working with aggrieved and traumatized people, fought to set up Lebanon’s first prison-based drama project in the country’s disreputed Roumieh Prison. For 15 months 45 adult male inmates, most of them completely illiterate, found themselves working together to present an adaptation of the famous stage play “12 Angry Men,” here re-named “12 Angry Lebanese.” This inspiring and honest story of an inmate’s journey demonstrates the efficacy of the drama therapy and its positive effects on some of the most ostracized individuals in society.
28 January 2012, 19:00
Director: Mila Turajlic, Serbia, 2010, 100′
Discussant: ÖMER SAVAŞKAN (Historian)
“Cinema Komunisto” takes us on a journey through the crumbling remains of Tito’s film industry, exploring the rise and fall of the cinematic illusion called Yugoslavia. Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, as well as never-seen-before archives from film sets and Tito’s private screenings, the documentary recreates the narrative of a country, the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. In the super productions financed by the state, Hollywood stars like Richard Burton, Sofia Loren and Orson Welles were polishing the national success. Tito’s personal film projectionist, his favorite director, the most popular actor of partisan movies, and studio bosses narrate how the story of Yugoslavia was built on the screen.
11 February 2012, 19:00
Secrets of the Tribe
Director: Jose Padilha, Brazil, 2010, 96′
Discussant: EBRU KAYAALP (İstanbul Şehir University, Dept. of Cinema and TV)
What happened when Western anthropologists invaded the Amazon, to observe these “virgin” fields that still remained untouched by modern life, and raided the last “uncivilized” tribes of the planet in the 1960s and 70s? These young men, fresh college graduates, found adventure and fame by living amongst the tribes while they are studying and filming them. But thirty years later, the events surrounding this infiltration have become a scandalous tale of academic ethics and infighting. “Secrets of the Tribe” also shows the damage that these anthropologists caused.
25 February 2012, 19:00
Marriage Stories: Zuzana and Stanislav
Director: Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 1987, 38′
Marriage Stories Twenty Years After: Zuzana and Stanislav
Director: Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 2006, 57′
Discussant: STELLA OVADIA (Psychoanalyst, feminist activist)
During the period 1981-2005, documentarist Helena Třeštíková followed the progress of couples who said their “I dos” at the beginning of the 1980s and, over the subsequent two decades, had to confront their dreams and ideals within a society in transformation. This is the case of Zuzana and Stanislav: they got married very young because they had a child on the way, however, it soon became apparent that not even the birth of little Honzík would help form a bond between these two very different people. The marriage managed to last thirteen years and produced another child, their daughter Zuzana. Today the children, now grown up, are determined not to make the same mistakes as their parents. For the film’s director, the story of Zuzana and Stanislav reflects two contrasting life concepts: Stanislav who believes in the continuity of life is gradually becoming a middle-aged man who keeps trying to improve himself and now enjoys a closer relationship with his children. Zuzana, whom motherhood prevented from making her own way in life, remains passive and is having difficulties finding a new partner.
10 March 2012, 19:00
Director: Péter Kerekes,
Austria, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2008, 86′
Discussant: UĞUR KUTAY (Yıldız Technical University, Dept. of Art))
In this ﬁlm, Slovak director Péter Kerekes re-examines the history of modern European warfare through the eyes of the ﬁeld cooks, bakers and kitchen staff who “catered” for some of the most signiﬁcant armed conﬂicts of the last century. From the Wehrmacht’s bakers to Marshal Tito’s personal chef, this innovative work records the quotidian details of military cuisine, framing a sometimes absurdist vision of the futility -and perhaps inevitability- of war. As the narrative surveys modern European warfare from the Siege of Leningrad to the Chechen wars, a colorful cast of kitchen habitués emerges from obscurity to give testimonies which are both chilling and comical.
24 March 2012, 19:00
Director: Erik Gandini, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Finland, 2009, 80′
Discussant: SEVİLAY ÇELENK (Ankara University, Dept. of Radio TV Cinema)
A film about the mediatic power of Berlusconi in Italy. For thirty odd years, the image has been controlled by one man in Italy. TV-magnate and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has influenced the content of commercial television in a way that has never been done in Italy before. His TV-channels, with their young skimpy-clad girls are considered by so many as a reflection of his own taste and personality. In this film, the Italian born director Erik Gandini displays the consequences of the thirty year-long TV experience of Italians. By entering into the realms of the most effective media, he reveals the tragic reality of “Italian TV Republic” with a brilliant story.
7 April 2012, 19:00
My Sweet Canary
Director: Roy Sher, Israel, France, Greece, 2011, 89′
Discussant: MEHTAP DEMİR (Ethnomusicologist, İstanbul University State Conservatory)
Roza Eskenazi sang the way she lived, with passion, fierce and love. This is the story of three young musicians from Greece, Turkey, and Israel, who embark on an exciting musical journey, to tell the story of Greece’s best-known and best-loved rebetiko singer for the first time on film. It’s a journey that will take them from Istanbul to Thessaloniki and to Athens, following the musical trail that she left behind. Most of all, it’s a journey into a world that has largely vanished, but whose sounds continue to echo throughout the Mediterranean Basin.
21 April 2012, 19:00
Ciwan Haco:The Road to Diyarbekir
Director: Zaradasht Ahmed, Norway, 2010, 56′
Discussant: NAİM DİLMENER (Music Writer)
Legendary Kurdish musician Ciwan Haco lives a double-life. As an exile in the small Swedish village of Gävle, he lives with his wife and children. He is just another asylum seeker in the cold, snowy landscape. Not many people know that he is a superstar and an urban hero for 30 million Kurds all over the world. After being blacklisted by the Turkish government for decades, Ciwan’s dream finally comes true. He is invited to give a concert in Diyarbekir, the symbolic home city for Kurds. While he makes his way back to Kurdistan, news of his arrival has spread and over one million people pack the streets and concert grounds awaiting the appearance of their great bard. “The Road to Diyarbekir” is not only a portrait of an artist; the film touches existential questions and a refugee’s search for identity in a foreign world.
5 May 2012, 19:00
Director: Murat Özçelik, Turkey, 2010, 90′
Discussant: MURAT ÖZÇELİK (Director)
This documentary tells the story of the director Murat Özçelik. He was imprisoned at the age of 17, during his high school years. He was seriously injured during the operation which took place in Ulucanlar Prison in 1999 and resulted with the death of 10 prisoners. In the very first news on TV his name is announced among the dead prisoners. Her mother is shocked with this news and goes to Ankara to take his corpse but she learns that he isn’t dead and was sent to another prison in Amasya. In this film, director Murat Özçelik goes on a journey within his past and meets his mother, who used to stay awake all night waiting outside the prison, in the cold corridors of the Ulucanlar Prison, which is an important point in the country’s political and cultural history.
19 May 2012, 19:00