Taksim is everywhere! Resistance is everywhere! In early summer 2013, thousands with varying political ideologies demonstrated against the destruction of the Gezi Park in Istanbul.
Chronicle of a Revolt - One Year Istanbul
60', 90' (GER, FRE, ENG subs)
What began as a protest against a construction project quickly turned into a protest against the Erdogan government. The government, however, violently suppressed the demonstrations in Gezi Park and near-by Taksim Square. Luckily, two young German-Turkish filmmakers happened to witness the events and shot images of the suppression, thereby putting themselves at great personal risk. Still, they decided to stay and continued to follow some of the demonstrators.
This film deals with the courage of Istanbul citizens who are fighting for a self-determined life. For Erdogan they are just scum.
Among them was young Bimen, an Armenian resident of Istanbul. He joined the protests, as the remains of an Armenian cemetery were to be removed for the construction project. There was also, Tamer a journalist who lost his job as a consequence of refusing to falsify his account of the protests. Months later he found work with a private Kurdish broadcaster, but his prospects in Turkey were dire. Rojda acted as spokeswoman for the Muslim anti-capitalist movement, who are opposed to Erdogan’s authoritarian leadership and who favoured common wheel policies rather than encouraging private property. Chronicle of a Revolt is a film about the hope, dreams, fears and the courage of young Istanbul citizens who are fighting for a self-determined life. For Erdogan they are still just “Capulcus“ - scum.
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This programme was shown at the Globale Filmfestival in Berlin and the Festival do Rio.
||Chronik einer Revolte - Ein Jahr Istanbul
||60', 90' (GER, FRE, ENG subs)
||Biene Pilavci, Ayla Gottschlich
||Solifilms, Pilavci Produktion, ZDF, arte
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