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Ekümenopolis: Ucu olmayan sehir (2011)

Tells the story of Istanbul and other Mega-Cities on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family on their on-going struggle for housing rights.


Imre Azem


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"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. Written by Anonymous

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4 May 2012 (Turkey) See more »

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Chilling Vision of Contemporary Istanbul
5 September 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

ECUMENOPOLIS tells the story of an Istanbul family living in the gecekondu (the poorer areas), who are forcibly relocated into new tower blocks of social housing on the outskirts of the city. In doing so, this documentary makes some trenchant points about Istanbul's rapid growth over the last two decades, as well as the spread of private enterprise, which has led to the city's transformation. Skyscrapers dominate the skyline; new building projects abound. However the film argues, not without justification, that planning issues have been forgotten in the single-minded pursuit of money: many of today's tower- blocks will become tomorrow's slums, with inadequate drainage and other facilities. More importantly, the new builds have created alienated lifestyles, each family confined to their little concrete box. For the gecekondu families faced with forced relocation, there is the added problem of being unable to keep up with the monthly payments for their new apartments. ECUMENOPOLIS offers a chilling vision of a city that has exhausted its natural, physical and spatial resources, that nonetheless keeps on growing, apparently without restriction.

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