Film Screening and Talk with Senem Aytaç (TR), film critic and curator.
Film: Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater
Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater
Dir. Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim Initiative
Turkey, 2016, 48 min.
Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater chronicles the struggle for 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 common imagination 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.
Senem Aytaç is a film critic and curator. She has been on the editorial board of the Turkish film magazine Altyazı since 2004 and was one the chief editors for more than ten years. She is a co-founder and the project manager of Altyazı Cinema Association, which was founded in 2019 which focuses on censorship and freedom of artistic expression, in order to strengthen a free film culture in Turkey. She is now based in Berlin as a MRI scholarship holder in collaboration with the Artist Residency Program ‘Hier & Jetzt: Connections’.