TAŞKAFA, STORIES FROM THE STREET | TAŞKAFA, BİR SOKAK HİKÂYESİ | Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman / Turkey / 2013 / Betacam / Colour / 64´ / Turkish-English-German; English & Turkish s.t.

Taşkafa is a film essay about memory and the most necessary forms of belonging, through a search for the role played in the city by Istanbul´s street dogs and their relationship to its human populations. Despite several major attempts by Istanbul´s rulers, politicians and planners over the last 400 years to exterminate them, the city´s street dogs have persisted thanks to an enduring alliance with widespread civilian communities, which recognize and defend their right to co-exist. Taşkafa is structured around readings by storyteller, essayist, and critic John Berger. The film opens a window on the contested relationships between power and the public, community and categorisation (in location and identity), and the ongoing struggle / resistance against a single way of seeing and being.

East End Film Festival, June 15th 2014
Ankara International Film festival (in competition), June 2014
London Turkish Film festival, May 25th 2014
CUBE cinema, Bristol, April 7th, 2014
PLACE: Occupation, Snape Maltings, February 2nd 2014
Tapei Film Festival, June, 2014CUBE cinema, Bristol, April 7th, 2014
Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, May 5th, 2014
Antalya International Filmfestival (in competition), 2013
London Film Festival, 10/2013 Istanbul International Filmfestival, (world premiere), 2013


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