Biene Pilavci & Ayla Gottschlich: Chronik einer Revolte - Ein Jahr Istanbul

Chronik einer Revolte – ein Jahr Istanbul, Biene Pilavci & Ayla Gottschlich, 83‘, Germany,  ZDF 8.6.2015, OV with German subtitles

2013: Resistance forms against the destruction of the Gezi Park in Istanbul. Shortly thereafter, two young German-Turkish filmmakers from Berlin find themselves in the midst of a protest movement that is about more than just a park. For a year, they accompany young Istanbul residents with their camera in their struggle against the established system in Turkey. They witness their hopes, desires, fears and their courage to stand up for a self-determined life. “The other night, when the people in Gezi Park hugged each other, I was moved on the one hand and on the other unable to let myself be drawn into this honest emotion,” the director comments. “I am very concerned about expectations that are too high, which cannot possibly be fulfilled by a group, let alone by an entire movement.” (Redacted by ed.)

Biene Pilavci (*1977) is a German-Turkish filmmaker and curator. Her first short films and the feature-length documentary Dancing Alone (2005) achieved much success at festivals in Germany and abroad, including in Leipzig and Ankara. In cooperation with Das kleine Fernsehspiel, she made the documentary Chronik einer Revolte – ein Jahr Istanbul (2015). Pilavci works for the Berlinale Forum as curator of the Special Programme Fiktionsbescheinigung.

Ayla Gottschlich (*1982) is a German director, author and producer. Her first documentary works were successfully screened at festivals in Germany and abroad. In cooperation with Das kleine Fernsehspiel, she made Chronik einer Revolte – ein Jahr Istanbul (2015). Gottschlich is currently developing a miniseries as showrunner for Disney+.