Protests against Antalya Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) International Film Festival’s exclusion of a documentary about the Gezi Park protests from its national documentary competition were growing stronger as a new group of 12 festival jury members had issued a statement urging the festival management to retract their decision.
Witnessing Gezi was created with the recordings of photojournalist Emin Özmen who witnessed the protests against the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park. Subsequently, the protests sparked supporting strikes across Turkey turning into a resistance movement of great importance for the country. Witnessing Gezi shows the human aspect of this civil resistance, a crucial event of the last 30 years in Turkey.
Over the next few days, Istanbul residents will find themselves randomly coming across photographs taken during last year’s Gezi Park protests: On the façade of abandoned houses, on the walls of ATMs, and even at the top of street signs.
Some 25 photographs, each printed 20 times, will be hung around the Taksim area until May 26 as part of the project. Around 100 photographs will be hung every day, but it remains unknown exactly when, where, and for how long they will stay up.