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For anyone who lives, works or loves Istanbul, please watch this movie! Ekumenopolis explores the development of Istanbul, as it attempts to distinguish itself as a ‘global city’. It asserts that Istanbul has become a “city without limits” and outlines how the application of neoliberal development policies have been  incredibly misguided and destructive.  The documentary enlists passionate and insightful urban planners, UN officials, social workers and scholars to  explain the current economic boom in Istanbul, and the sad realities that accompany it: the dislocation of communities, a greater divide between the rich and the poor, a lack of environment preservation, the depletion of natural resources, a dependence on automobiles, a lack of investment in public transportation, the separation of housing from jobs and so much more.

 It challenges the rhetoric we hear in support of building the third bridge, and notes that instead of easing congestion, it will result in more development, more roads and more cars. It challenges political forces that interfere with the development  of the city, and ignore the long-term development plan that already exists. It highlights the condition of migrants forced to leave their villages and move to Istanbul in search of jobs, and shows how this new economy,  and the “urban renewal projects” that accompany it have had a devastating impact on the poor. It shares how housing initiatives and the infamous profit-driven TOKI have failed to serve the people who need housing the most.

 As Istanbul’s population continues to grow, and more cars fill the roads, there is no plan to stop the growing inequities and environmental destruction. Istanbul is predicted to take over an entire region, without careful planning or preservation. Whether your issue is development,  income inequality, migrant workers, environmental destruction, public housing-watch this movie, and share it with your friends.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEzqu_z9fRo

Read more here: http://affr.nl/festival_2011/ekafmenopolis_openingfilm_affr.html

Watch some of the film here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYSLIsMhAvM&feature=related

The movie is currently playing at Cine Majestic in Beyoglu (with English subtitles). Find more information here: http://www.cinemajestic.com/

Ekümanopolis: A Must-See Documentary about the Politics of Development in Istanbul

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Beauty and the Beast Bewitches a New Audience

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My class recently earned a popcorn party for their excellent manners and behavior at lunch time. The school-wide lunch competition deserves a post of its own, but the movie party is today’s topic. After a passionate vote, we selected Beauty and the Beast, one of my absolute favorite movies when I was a child. In fact, I was probably the same age as my students when Beauty and the Beast first arrived in theaters. I remember requesting to go each weekend the film played at the funky old theater near our house in West Seattle. The free-spirited character of Belle, and her love for books appealed to me. The music and the characters thrilled me. And, all of this came rushing back to me, as I munched on popcorn with two adorable girls fighting for my lap. The boys covered their eyes for the kissing scenes and the entire class was captivated whenever the beloved characters broke into song. While the entire film was dubbed in Turkish, memories from my childhood filled in the gaps, providing me with the opportunity to enjoy every minute of the film with my students.

Curious to see Beauty and the Beast with a Turkish twist? Here is the scene for ‘Be Our Guest’  We devoted 30 minutes of our evening to watching various disney songs in Arabic, French, Turkish, German and Spanish. In every language, the magic and meaning still comes through….

See for yourself…