During the Summer of 2015, I took part in Koç University's Summer Seminar: Urban Political Ecology on the Road: Investigating City's Nature and Nature's City Through Istanbul, with Professors: Sinan Erensü (University of Minnesota) & Yaşar Adnan Adanalı (TU Berlin). I owe them, the people I met and the invited guests of this class for the process and beginnings of the documentary. The field work, traveling through the city and the many discussions we had has helped me to document words, footage and images that are not always seen but can relate to many locals within these very neighborhoods. In so many words, I have set out to grab these details before they may disappear and hope that you stay tuned in the future for progress work.
Footage Gallery [under construction]
The Yedikule neighborhood in Istanbul is seeing many transformations that are having detrimental effects on its people, environments, history and culture, amongst many other things. Like many other neighborhoods in Istanbul it is not alone in what it stands to lose. This piece is aimed at capturing life within these beautiful, people driven, neighborhoods. Their's a life of simplicity, but at that real beauty should be simple and captured.
As ongoing research, Biz Yedikuleliyiz is a documentary touching upon the lives of common citizens in a small neighborhood along the southern edges of Istanbul’s historical peninsulas’ Theodosian land walls. The seen footage is captured between the years of 2013 and summer of 2015. The voices and sounds you hear in the video are those of past and current residents, neighborhood sounds that are meant to depict moments and most influential and meaningful things that make the neighborhood so unique like many others in the vast and growing city of Istanbul.
The mapping of the context, and closing comments are suggests upon the growing issues that are effecting every major city in today’s time, that our cities are losing their most meaningful, influential and empowering mechanisms for human skill, neighborhood meaning, and depletion of scarce resources.
Although this video is captures and translated from English to Turkish, I apologize that yet the entire site is not yet there!