Do Not Forget Me Istanbul


ILC Room 130
1500 E University Blvd
85721 Tucson , AZ


Wed, 02/05/2020 - 7:00pm to Thu, 02/09/2023 - 1:53am


Part of the Spring 2020 Film Series: Urban Tales

This film screening will be followed by a remote Q&A session with producer Hüseyin Karabey from Turkey!
(Mr. Karabey also appears briefly in the film.)

*This film may not be rated*

From CNN -

A mother discovers a son she presumed dead; two lovers seek refuge for an illicit affair; a businessman finds joy in a city he once condemned. Welcome to Istanbul as seen through the eyes of six young directors in a new film that attempts to reveal the city's many faces, as well as its forgotten past….

"Istanbul has one of the most diverse and colorful histories of any major city on earth," said Hüseyin Karabey, the movie's artistic director and producer. "You can turn onto a random street and stumble across a Roman building that was once a Turkish bath, which then became a British prison, and is now a Russian restaurant."

"There are so many influences," he added. "It's sometimes hard to see them, and in our day-to-day lives we forget the elements of the past that make us who we are."

Karabey, who won Best Director at New York's Tribeca Film Festival for his 2008 love story "My Marlon and Brando," says that this idea of a forgotten collective memory is what ties all the individual stories together.

The six directors include Sarajevo-born Aida Begic -- who won the Cannes Critics' Grand Prize for 2008 Bosnian drama "Snow" -- and Hany Abu-Assad, whose "Paradise Now" took home the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005.

Watch the trailer

Hany Abu-Assad, Stefan Arsenijevic, Aida Begic, Josefine Markarian, Stergios Niziris, Omar Shargawi, Eric Nazarian

Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, Armenian, Serbian, English, Bosnian (with English subtitles)

113 minutes

Dilan Erteber, MENAS Graduate Student