One Million Steps is an experiment with dance and film, set in Istanbul. It is a collaboration between Eva Stotz, a documentary film maker from Berlin, and Marije Nie, a tap dancer from Amsterdam. Using an open script, Eva and Marije set out to meet the people and hear their stories, to understand how freely they take their steps. How do they move through this city in flux, rapidly transforming from an ancient culture into a global metropolis?
Alongside Marije's tapping steps, the people of Istanbul reveal their heartfelt connections with music and song and dance - caught between the efficient rhythms of corporate Levent, and the destructive sounds of demolition in gentrified Tarlabaşı. Suddenly sound and movement changes, as pots and pans are pounded and loud voices protest throughout the city, demanding to be heard. The people occupy a park and are subjected to police aggression. They move and stand together, united in a call for freedom.
One Million Steps tells the unexpected stories of these days of protest in Istanbul, with rhythm as the universal language, representing the millions of steps we take in our lives - and the freedom we want for them
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