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Film Screening: Oktay Ince and resisting with moving images in Turkey

Saturday, September 7, 7-9pm

A screening program of video-activist and documentary works, and videos from the current struggle of Oktay İnce, presented by belit sağ. Oktay will join the conversation live from Turkey.

Oktay Ince is a video activist and documentary filmmaker living in Izmir, Turkey. He has been involved in and co-founded several video-activist groups in Turkey including karahaber, Seyr-i Sokak and artikisler. Since the late 1990s he has been producing moving images as part of social and political movements and struggles in Turkey. His and belit’s paths crossed in the karahaber videoactivism collective, where they recorded and followed many struggles together such as documenting Cyprus referandum in 2004, yearly protests against higher education institute in Ankara, conscientious objectors’ and the LGBT struggle, and many other issues throughout the 2000s.

On October 15 2018, Oktay Ince’s 20 years of video activist and documentary works were confiscated during a house raid. After attempts to get his archive back through legal means, he took to the streets and started making a weekly press statement and a two hour long sit-in since 2 April 2019, first in front of the court house, and then the Izmir governer’s office.

This event will include a selection of his short video works and recordings of his weekly actions, and a conversation about his struggle in connection to the struggle of other filmmakers in Turkey. We will also discuss archiving practices for social memory of a country, and what happens when an archive becomes a target of the state.

At the end of this event, participants who are willing will be invited to record a solidarity message to Oktay and all moving image makers currently facing imprisonment and censorship in Turkey.

At Oktay’s request, this event will be recorded to be used as solidarity material for Oktay’s struggle, if the participants are willing.

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