Left Side Stories: Social Criticism in German-Turkish Migration Film 27.10 – 08.12.2016 Curator: Can Sungu
The labour-migration to Germany has been discussed several times in the Turkish and German-Turkish films and was not only an inspiration for many films in the ‘golden’ Yeşilçam era, but was also an important subject for the German directors with or without Turkish origin. The film series Left Side Stories: Social Criticism in the German-Turkish Migration Cinema deals with the Turkish and German-Turkish films, which focus on the phenomenon of labor migration to Germany and the lives of the so-called “guest workers” rather from a societal-critical perspective and deal with labour law issues as well as social justice, class consciousness, women’s emancipation and the living conditions of the guest workers’ children. It is also discussed how, despite the negotiation of German-Turkish migration in the films, the political sphere of the 1970s in Turkey decisively influenced the films and their directors.
Can Sungu was born in Istanbul, studied film (BA) and visual communication design (MFA) at Bilgi University in Istanbul and in the Institute for Art in Context at the Universität der Künste Berlin (MA). He taught film / video production, conducted workshops and participated in exhibitions all over Europe, including transmediale’14, Rijeka Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Künstlerhaus Wien and REDCAT Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2014 he founded the project space bi’bak in Berlin-Wedding and works as an artist, curator and project manager.
With kind support of Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin (LEZ)