Brave New World

Istanbul is a truly dynamic city, full of paradoxes and historical treasures, with an exploding population of over 20 million people. Its perpetual industrialization spearheaded by the government and the disproportionate financial opportunities available in the city continues to draw people from within and outside of Turkey.

Zumbara is a time-banking community that facilitates thousands of exchanges between people in Istanbul and in other cities in Turkey. It believes that 'another world is possible', in which people are less preoccupied with money, and more embracing of values that have become crucial in an increasingly urbanized world: these include trust, community, gratitude, and integrity.

"Ihtiyacınız Olan Her Şey" (Everything We Need) introduces the vision of Zumbara through the experience of Burcu Ünal- a regression therapist, student, and mother living in Istanbul.

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This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.

Producer: Soomin Park
Director: Rachel E. Lee
Cinematographer: Nora Kiridly

Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
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