Friday, 31.05.2019 at 7:30pm
The screening is followed by a Q&A with one of the directors Ulaş Dutlu and protagonist/producer Rüzgar Buşki, on the history of trans man initiatives and its influences on feminist and LGBTI+ movements in Turkey
OV/Turkish with English subtitles
Voltrans (Turkey 2014, 60 min)
Director: Özge Özgüner, Ulaş Dutlu
Voltrans is a trans man initiative which is composed of three trans men that found each other in 2007. This documentary project came up in order to make the stories of those trans men coming together, acting together visible, share the experiences and problems of those people, document their own histories. In this feature-length movie that is shot since March 2012, trans activists who banded together in Voltrans sincerely tell what it means to be a trans man in a heterosexist and transphobic society which is founded upon binary gender system and how they fought back against stereotypes of masculinity and “trans manhood”.
Program curators Esra Özban and Esma Akyel says:
“The documentary tells the story of Voltrans – the very first trans men initiative in Turkey – by the lips of its founders and LGBTI+ activists within the frame of how they acquainted with each other and how the initiative influenced on LGBTI+, feminist and transfeminist movements in Turkey.”
Event Guests: Ulaş Dutlu, Rüzgar Buşki
Born in Eskişehir in 1987, Ulaş Dutlu graduated from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature at Eskişehir Osmangazi University and worked as a text writer for advertisement agencies for three years. Having worked as a boom operator in the cinema sector between 2011-2013, Ulaş Dutlu keeps on conducting studies on sound. He worked as a sound technician for the 2013 documentary titled “Diren Ayol”, a Turkish-German co-production. Voltrans is his first feature documentary film.
Rüzgâr Buşki is an artists, director and producer from Istanbul. His artistic practice varies within printmaking, performance, video and film. He studied Journalism in Istanbul University. Since 2011, Buşki lives in Berlin where he studies multimedia in Berlin University of Arts in the class of Prof. Dr. Hito Steyerl. He was a board member of GLADT e.V – Gays und Lesbiens aus der Türkei between 2013 and 2015. He is one of the founders of Kanka Productions, a trans-feminist production collective for empowerment of women and trans on fields of visual and performing arts. His first feature documentary with Kanka Productions, #direnayol had its world premiere on the 15th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival. Currently he is working on his second feature hybrid documentary on Queer Grief practices from Turkey.
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