Films und Closing Party of the Exhibition Exploring Berlin

Urban Research
Films from Istanbul and Berlin

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Alte Feuerwache Projektraum
Marchlewskistr. 6
10243 Berlin
U5 Weberwiese

Urban Research Istanbul Berlin presents short films between experimental and documentary exploring the public sphere in different cities. In collaboration with curator Burak Cevik from Istanbul we show films which deal in very personal ways with current and with historical urban developments and their problems.

The very personal point of view of the different filmmakers makes it possible to create a relation between different places and times, between the disappearance of old quarters, the violence that families have to endure in kurdish areas, the circumstance that led to the self-immolation of a turkish immigrant in Germany, and the juxtaposition of the story  of Jewish family in Italy during WW2 against the backdraft of Italo-Fascist Architecture in Rome.

Without addressing it directly, these problems of urban spacial change, political usurpation, experience of violence and personal experiences of social hardship can also be seen in relation to the current so-called “refugee crises” and the last political changes in Germany and Turkey. On the other hand, the films are also characterized by their ease to deal with personal documents and the charming personal observations.

Programm Link:

More Links:
Exploring Berlin – Exhibition at Alte Feuerwache Projektraum
Städtepartnerschaftsverein Kadıköy e.V.
Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg von Berlin
Photocentrum am Wassertor / vhs Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Directors Lounge:

Director: Özgür Akgül
60 min, turkish with english subtitles
German premiere

Wed 14 August 2013,9pm

The film invites to watch and listen to the music of Istanbul.

Romanistanbul provides an insider view onto the current music scene of the megacity on the Bosporus with the example of a number of musicians who fuse traditional turkish music with current tunes, and who are member of the Roma minority in Istanbul: Ismail Tunçbilek, Orhan Sallıel, Göksun Çavdar, Hüsnü Senlendirici, Aytaç Dogan, Hasan Gözetlik, Mustafa Uysal (Kasık Mustafa), Cüneyt Sepetçi and Sercan Çalanlı (Arap).
At the same time a wonderful music film that allows the music to tell its own story, the film also gives the musicians a voice to tell their story and their engagement with music. Their commitment to music, to the tunes of Istanbul is also connected with their identity and the struggle of the Roma to be accepted as a part of the contemporary society. The film thus also mirrors the rapid changes, and current movements of this city between the promises of a global city, an expanding music scene and different cultural identities.
The director will be present for Q&A.

alte feuerwache >> projektraum
Marchlewskistraße 6
10243 Berlin
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U5 Weberwiese

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Part of the exhibition „Exploring Istanbul"

A project by
Photocentrum am Wassertor
vhs Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
with support of
Städtepartnerschaftsverein Kadiköy e. V.

A Directors Lounge Screening