Kamen Stoyanov

New Istanbul Dream

documentary-experimental movie, 28:00 min, 2017

 

New Istanbul Dream investigates the construction side of the New Istanbul Airport. It will be the third airport in Istanbul, situated North West of the city on the black sea coast. Before the starting of the construction, the area has been home to villagers, animals and vegetation. Now the area is

home to Erdogan big dream: the biggest airport of the world. The film is showing the transformation from these two types of homelands: from personal to national.

This is happening in different ways and layers. The films consists of documentary shots showing the changing of the environment through the construction works. A performative layer based on the traditional Karagöz shadow play structurs the movie. This layer opens a space of an imaginary and activist movement.

The sound includes records from the construction side and the surrounding area, as well as a questionary of the IGA, Istanbul Grand Airport company. This is answered by an inhabitant of the village Akpinar an. There are also records from people from the villages around the airport talking

about their dreams and wishes connected to their home. The movie ends with a special adaptation of a popular song by a lokal turkish band in the setting of the airport.