Film Screening: TASKAFA, October 7 6:30PM

TASKAFA, STORIES OF THE STREET (dir. Andrea Luka Zimmerman, 2013), 66 min. – presented by Ilker Hepkaner and Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz
WHEN: Friday 7 October 2016, 6:30pm
WHERE: Hagop Kevorkian Center, 50 Washington Square South [at 255 Sullivan Street]
Sponsored by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University
TASKAFA is an exploration of memory and belonging told through the sometimes-shocking history of Istanbul’s community of street dogs. In spite of attempts over the last 400 years by the city’s rulers to exterminate them, the dogs have refused to accept they have no right to live there. TASKAFA offers a collage of testimonials from Istanbul’s residents, and uses readings by John Berger from his novel King – a story of hope, dreams and resistance told from the perspective of a dog – to create a moving and sometimes joyful essay-film about modernity, about foreign-ness, about who cities are for.
ILKER HEPKANER, a doctoral student at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU, is writing a dissertation on the relation between heritage practices, visuality, and space in Turkey and Israel. He is also a literary translator.
DANIEL HOFFMAN-SCHWARTZ is currently a lecturer in Comparative Lecturer at Princeton University. After receiving his PhD from NYU in 2012 he was a lecturer for two years in the Humanities Program at Bogazici University in Istannbul. He is the co-editor of Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction (2015), and currently at work on a monograph on the concept of political romanticism.
Thanks to Andrea Luka  Zimmerman

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