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#resistayol

Documentary Film
Germany,
Turkey
2016
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Rüzgâr Buşki
Rüzgâr Buşki
Gizem Oruç
Zara Zandieh
Rüzgâr Buşki
Fehmican Gözüm
Senem Donatan, Rüzgâr Buşki
Ulaş P. Dutlu, Gizem Oruç
In the summer of 2013, Rüzgâr Buşki was on his way to Istanbul to make a documentary about his close friend Şevval, a trans-LGBTI activist. What he didn’t realise was that his visit coincided with the Gezi Park protests, one of the biggest demonstrations in Turkish history. Inevitably, the focus of the documentary shifted in light of these events and we, just like Şevval, participate in this turning point. High spirited and whimsical, “#resistayol” shows us a magical moment in the lives of thousands of people and gives us a better sense of the contribution of the LGBTI community to the human rights movement in Turkey.

Özge Calafato

Remake, Remix, Rip-Off. About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema

Documentary Film
Germany,
Turkey
2014
96 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jochen Laube
Cem Kaya
Meryem Yavuz, Tan Kurttekin
Cem Kaya
Cem Kaya
Gözen Atila, Özkan Coşgun, Emrah Yıldırım, Gökhan Kırtaş, Orçin Inceoğlu
One of the most comprehensive and entertaining accounts of the Yesilçam Turkish cinema industry of the 1960s and 1970s, which once produced up to 350 films per year. “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” looks at a fascinating era of cheap remakes and baffling adaptations that defy the notions of originality and copyright, released in a rush to keep up with the demands of eager cinema-goers across the country. The result is a hodgepodge of copycat variations of the same old storyboards and Turkish versions of American blockbusters.

The film is a salute to the struggle of those who endured the most absurd circumstances with pragmatism and quick wits – for the love of cinema.

Özge Calafato