Witnessing our times: Film from Gezi


I’m an eye. A mechanical eye. I, the machine, show you a world the way only I can see it. I free myself for today and forever from human immobility. I’m in constant movement. I approach and pull away from objects. I creep under them. I move alongside a running horse’s mouth. I fall and rise with the falling and rising bodies. This is I, the machine, manoeuvring in the chaotic movements, recording one movement after another in the most complex combinations.

Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I co-ordinate any and all points of the universe, wherever I want them to be. My way leads towards the creation of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I explain in a new way the world unknown to you.

Dziga Vertov

Two films testify to the violence and beauty of our time, a seizing hold of memories of resistance, not as they were, but as flashes of present possibility that remains ours …

Witnessing Gezi …

‘Witnessing Gezi’ was created with the recordings of photojournalist Emin Özmen who witnessed the protests against the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park. Subsequently, the protests sparked supporting strikes across Turkey turning into a resistance movement of great importance for the country. ‘Witnessing Gezi’ shows the human aspect of this civil resistance, a crucial event of the last 30 years in Turkey.


Animation by Ayce Kartal …

This short animation illustrates the the violence of 2013’s Gezi Park protests in Istanbul. Filmmaker Ayce Kartal wanted to show what he says was a stark contrast between the serious events on the city’s streets and the Turkish press’s bare coverage. He says fellow Turks were forced to watch news from other countries, while their own television channels continued to play entertainment

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