Past Event

ReelLife Film Series: Saf

May 22, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

ReelLife Film Series

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Each screening will be followed by a discussion about the film and its social issues with filmmakers and experts.


Date & Time: Wednesday, May 22 at 18:45

Location: ANAMED (Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations), İstiklal Cad. Merkez Han No:181

*The film is in Turkish with English subtitles. The discussion will be in English, with no translation into Turkish.

**Theater seats are assigned to ticket holders on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you arrive after 6:30 pm and the auditorium has reached full capacity, it will be standing room only. Thank you for understanding.

About the Film:

The Fikirtepe district of Istanbul. Urban transformation is sweeping away the poor communities and Syrian refugees take shelter in deserted buildings. Kamil and his wife Remziye risk losing their home. Unemployed for a long time, Kamil, has no choice but to secretly accept a job on a construction site. Not only is he taking the job from a Syrian refugee, he's also working for the company that's destroying the area next door. Oppression and anxiety both in his neighborhood, where he fears discovery, and at work, where he's accepted the low wages paid to refugees, gradually transform him. When Kamil suddenly disappears, Remziye has to face the consequences of his actions, which do not fit the man she knows. But she will not give up.

Discussion Following Film With:

Ali Vatansever studied industrial design at Istanbul Technical University and film production at Istanbul Bilgi University and Rochester Institute of Technology. He is now teaching film courses in Media and Visual Arts Dept. at Koç University. Ali made his directorial debut with El Yazisi (12). His second film Saf (18) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. He is pursuing his directing career within Terminal, a production company he co-founded.

Ipek A. Çelik Rappas is an Assistant Professor of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University. Her book In Permanent Crisis: Ethnicity in Contemporary European Media and Cinema was published by University of Michigan Press in 2015.She currently works on a second manuscript on the role of film and television industry in the urban renewal of European cities.

Selva Gurdogan received a B Arch from the Southern California Institute for Architecture. She has worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam and New York. In 2006, she founded Superpool in Istanbul with Gregers Tang Thomsen. She has been in charge of several projects, including the Open City: Istanbul and Becoming Istanbul exhibitions, Mapping Istanbul, and the Caravansarai Art Production Space. As of November 2013, she is the Director of Studio-X Istanbul.

Vesna Djuteska Bisheva - is an Employment Specialist at the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub with 20 years experience in employment and sustainable development. Vesna Bisheva provides advisory services to 17 UNDP country offices in the ECIS regions in developing and implementing next generation project that promote inclusive and sustainable employment for people confronting multiple barriers and forms of exclusion. Vesna holds Master degree in development and macro-economic analysis.

(Moderator) Ela Başak Atakan has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. She has directed music videos and has written feature screenplays and television series.  She is a full time instructor at Koç University Media and Visual Arts Department where she teaches film analysis and script writing.   

This screening series is an initiative of Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Koç University’s Media and Visual Arts Department, and the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.