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Date produced: 1978

Filmmaker(s):

İshak Işıtan

Duration:

23 minutes 52 seconds

Country of Production:

Turkey

Languages:

Turkish

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Optical

Awards/Recognition:

Sinematek Dijital Sinema Kütüphanesi [Sinematek Digital Cinema Library]

Description:

“Bu filmi ile Ümraniye 1 Mayıs mahallesindeki yoksul halkın barınma hakkı mücadelesi 1970’li yılların 2. yarısının atmosferinde veren bir film yapmış […]. 1977 senesinin 2 eylül günü 1 Mayıs Mahallesi’ne gecekondu yıkımı için gelen polisler ile mahalle halkı arasında çıkan ve 12 mahallelinin ölüp onlarcasının yaralandığı çatışmalar sırasında çeşitli sosyalist yapılar etrafında örgütlenmiş mahalle sakinlerinin gösterdiği direniş Türkiye’deki sosyalist mücadele tarihi içerisinde çok önemli bir yere sahiptir [...].” Sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/2-gun-2-eylul-direnisi-1978/ (13 November 2019).

“The conflict between the District May 1 organized in various socialist collectives and the police that came to the district to demolish the shantytown, which resulted in 12 people living in the district killed on 2 September 1977 has an important place in the history of the socialist movement in Turkey [...]. [İshak Işıtan’s] film is about the poor people of Ürmaniye/District May 1’s a struggle for the housing right reflecting the atmosphere of the second half of the 1970s [...]. Sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/2-gun-2-eylul-direnisi-1978/ (13 November 2019).

Resources:

http://sinematek.tv/2-gun-2-eylul-direnisi-1978/ (13 November 2019).

http://www.kameraarkasi.org/yonetmenler/ishakisitan.html (13 November 2019).

Locations:

  • Ümraniye, Istanbul/Turkey (Filming)

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Screenings:

  • 1. Uluslararası İşçi Filmleri Festivali [The 10th International Labour Film Festival] at Fransız Kültür Merkezi [French Cultural Center], Yeşilçam Sineması [Yeşilçam Cinema], Halkevi Sinema Salonu [People’s House Movie Theatre], May 1-7, 2006, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 5. Hangi İnsan Hakları? Film Festivali [The 5th Which Human Rights? Film Festival] at SALT Beyoğlu, Aynalı Geçit, Dutch Chapel, Tütü Deposu, December 16-18, 2013, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey.

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Viewing Notes:

The film has French subtitles, originally added in 1978.

Işıtan’s documentary displays the conflict between the neighborhood residents and the police, with graphic images of violence. It uses a voice-over narration with a dramatic tone describing the events and Turkish folk singer Hakkı Bulut’s song—Gecekondu [Shantytown] (1978). The end of the film declares that it is dedicated to Hasan Kızılkaya murdered on September 2, 1978. It is highly likely that Işıtan’s film is the only surviving film of the People’s Cinema Group.

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