_How East?

Beyond the visible yet in the midst of it, going back and forth in time, space and memory, this collection of films reflected conflicts encountered on a daily basis by Eastern individuals or masses.

But where does the East begin? And is the East mostly of interest to us by grabbing our attention for its exotic cuisine, pleasurable relaxation, horrific terror, or the current refugee crisis we globally experience on visually immersive levels? Finding familiarity – maybe merely in their origins, observers, contemplators and preceptors of the East share unconventional journeys across evident ongoing tensions within their lands. With the awareness of a flux of change, both in habitual, spatial and social narratives – from the exploration of gentrified areas to existentialist conflicts against nature, whereas present or invisible – our protagonists mentally and physically confronted their surroundings. Are we inevitably strangers to our own lands when the East is always further away?

By Lara Kamhi and Till Gentzsch

Erdal Inci

Taksim Spiral – Stumblers, 2014

03’’00 – 03’’00

Turkey

Öner Taylan Öztürk

Mücerred, 2015

02’’32

Turkey

Sejin Kim

Day for Night, 2015

06’’56

South Korea

Elif Boyner

Tekerrür, 2015

07’’25

Turkey

Ozan Adam

Istanbul, 2013

08’’35

Turkey

Gizem Karakaş

I am TÜRK, Gavin TURK, 2012

01’’39

Turkey

Ece İşmen

Kara Dzhakowl’s First Autopsy, 2016

08’’45

Turkey

Azra Deniz Okyay

I May, 2014

03’’30

Turkey

Zafer Topaloğlu

Destroying Sulukule, 2009

01’’32

Turkey