Title: Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater
Running time: 48 minutes
Film genre: Documentary
Language: Turkish, English (with English subtitles)
Production: Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim initiativeПамятники
Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater chronicles one of the most prominent struggles that took place in the heart of Istanbul and paved the way to the Gezi Resistance. It tells the struggle around Emek Theater, which is demolished against people’s consent and common good, and turned into a shopping mall, through the eyes of the activists and spectators. The film consists of the footage people who joined the struggle collected, and in this sense, aims to reflect the commonimagination of the people who defended their right to the city. It carries the idea of a new publicness that gained visibility with the Gezi Resistance to the cinema screen through a political mobilization for cinema itself.
The makers will be there for q&a and we will facilitate a collective discussion afterwards.
Bio of Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim:
Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim is an initiative that was formed in 2010 to organize demonstrations and events against the demolition of Emek Movie Theater in Beyoglu, Istanbul. Since 2013, the initiative collected video and sound recordings of the demonstrations, made by activists and various filmmakers, which then turned into the documentary Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater.