Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater

Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater

Documentary Film
2016
47 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Fırat Yücel
Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim (collective)
The chronicle of a phenomenal fight to save the century-old Emek Theatre, one of Istanbul’s key historical landmarks, from being turned into a shopping mall under the government’s callous urban policies. Starting in 2010, when the venue was scheduled for demolition despite a huge outcry from the public, the struggle for Emek has been a pivotal event in Turkey’s recent political history, one that eventually paved the way for the Gezi Park protests. Using footage collected from various activists who joined the struggle, the film offers a powerful testimony for those who are striving to reclaim the right to their city.

Özge Calafato

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