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Ekumenopolis: A film screening and panel discussion of Istanbul's neoliberal transformation

Los Angeles Gezi Platform, in association with UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, will screen Ekumenopolis, a documentary on Istanbul's urban redevelopment projects and their consequences, followed by an academic panel discussion.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:30 PM
A18 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA


Film courtesy of Imre Azem, Director

Panel moderator: Ceren Abi (UCLA)

Panel speakers: Imge Akcakaya (UCLA), Deniz Cakirer Oguz (USC)

"Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits" tells the story of Istanbul and other Mega-Cities on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family from the demolition of their neighborhood to their on-going struggle for housing rights. The film takes a look at the city on a macro level and through the eyes of experts, going from the tops of mushrooming skyscrapers to the depths of the railway tunnel under the Bosphorous strait; from the historic neighborhoods in the south to the forests in the north; from isolated islands of poverty to the villas of the rich. It's an Istanbul going from 15 million to 30 million. It's an Istanbul going from 2 million cars to 8 million. It's the Istanbul of the future that will soon engulf the entire region. It's an Istanbul nobody has ever seen before.


Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies

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