bi'baxchange #26

Istanbul Finissage

Sunday, 01.07.2018 at 19:00 in Istanbul
After the screening there will be a Q&A with the director Soner Sert by Can Sungu, in English

Accompanying the exhibition BITTER THINGS – Narrative and Memoirs of Transnational Families  at Depo Istanbul,  two films will be performed as part of the closing ceremonies:

Hastabakıcı / Abigail (Soner Sert, Turkey, 2017, 17 min.) Original with EN/TR/RU subtitles
Anna, a Russian migrant in Turkey, is employed as a nurse for an old lady. She is highly dependent on the job to earn a living for her child back home. The film shows the situation of migrant domestic workers in Turkey.

Waiting for August (Teodora Ana Mihai, Belgium, 2014, 88 min,) Original with EN subtitles
Georgiana will soon turn 15 and is taking care of her six younger siblings. The seven children are living together in Romania while their mother works in Italy. The oldest sister cooks, cleans and on the side tries to find time for studying. In August the mother shall return. The children await that moment and every call and Skype session makes them wish for her presence even more.

Teodora Ana Mihai was born 1981 in Bucharest, Romania. During a period in which the country was overshadowed by the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, her parents fled the country without their daughter, but one year later she was also brought to Belgium. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College in Upstate New York. Waiting for August was screened in numerous festivals and was awarded with several prizes.

Soner Sert studied cinema and television at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul and film design at Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir. Hastabakıcı / Abigail was awarded best film in Kısa-Ca International Students Film Festival.

In Cooperation with Archive Berlin, DEPO Istanbul and DOMiD – Museum und Dokumentationszentrum für die Migration in Deutschland, Köln.
Funded by the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and Goethe Institut Istanbul