The Eye of Istanbul

Sunday, March 13th

ticket11:30 AM
navy memorial burke theater

The eye of istanbul

Directed by Binnur Karaevli and Faith Kaymak
Turkey / 2015 / 61mins / World Premiere

THE EYE OF ISTANBUL tells the story of Ara Güler, the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer and the culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul.  The documentary follows a non-linear narrative, which explores the artistic process and impulses of this great master.  Ara’s curiosity, resourcefulness, and fearlessness are revealed through a series of stories in the film. At 87 years old, Ara is a complex and unforgettable character. He is still sharp, irreverent, funny and philosophical.  Although he is mostly recognized for his black and white photographs of Istanbul, he has enjoyed an international career, which has spanned over sixty years and has generated more than one million photographs.

The film follows Ara Güler as he prepares for his retrospective exhibition where he assembles his photographs and the stories behind his most iconic images spring to life.  From the poor workers of Istanbul to the goat herders of Anatolia to the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts, Ara has captured the essence of the second half of the 20th century. Ara thinks of himself not as a photographer but a historian who has captured the lives of people and major historical events since the 1950s.

Co-sponsored by American Turkish Association of DC and the Embassy of Turkey. And reception sponsored with food from Agora.

Screens with the accompanying short:


Directed by Mohamad Hosein Abedini
(Iran/2015/5mins) World Premiere

South of the Caspian Sea, there are groups of fishermen who do not use advanced technology fishing, but the reflection of sunlight on the wet skin of their hands, their sunburned faces, and their looks on the sea.

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