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.
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