ICAD Benefit

Thursday October 30th 2014, ICAD Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Disappearances, a method of state terror. Disappearances are practices of state terror. Specially in countries where exists a big differance between the rich and the poor. There where people resists in an organized way they have to do with all kinds of repression, so as disappearances. More than one million people has been disappeared since the end of the Second World War.

People who are political active, just like cadres of trade unions and farmer organizations, journalists, lawyers, human rights activists are potential victims. Paramilitary gangs and death squads let disappear those people. They can work under the protection of the state apparatus. Countries where “disappearances” are still practice are for example Irak, Syria, Afghanistan, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Turkey, Kurdistan, Mexico, Central African Republic, Sudan, Congo. There where exists repression, there will be arise resistance. To let disappear is a manner of state terror to paralize social protest aigainst oppression and exploitation. […Lees verder]

Movie night: Ekümenopolis – city without limits (Turkey, 2011)

Sunday October 12th 2014, Ekümenopolis – city without limits. Directed by Imre Azem 2011, 93 minutes, in Turkish with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Eukemonopolis is documentation about neo liberal city development in Istanbul and the aspiration of its political leaders of turning it into a global city, one of those cities like London, Tokyo, Amsterdam or São Paulo, that shape globalisation and form the network of global cities where the service, banking and real estate businesses accumulate, where mega events takes place and a hegemonial hipster culture is cultivated. While the global alpha, beta and gamma cities posses the intellectual knowledge, tools and power the global division of labour is further extended, with the majority of factory production being outsourced to those parts of the world where people earn a shit for their 60 hours working week, have no labour rights whatsoever and endanger their health and well being by working in super precarious conditions, let alone the environmental destruction that this system of global division of labour provokes. Eukomonopolis shows quite in detail what the negative effects of repressive neo liberal urban development in Istanbul mean to local citizens and to the city’s natural environment while it also explains concepts like the global city (which was developed by Saskia Sassen) so that we can look at our own living environment and have more tools at hand to better understand what happens around us and affects us. We can develop strategies and actions to be solidare with the exploited people worldwide and get active locally in order to develop and realise our own strategies in contrast to that what is opposed on us by the state and its institutions, urban planners and the capitalistic system.

As further background  we want to provide a text about urban development in the city which is part of more a comprehensive report about squatting in the Istanbul and a collection of reports about radical grassroots neighborhood and factory organisation provided by the the solidarity campaign for left neighborhoods in Istanbul, translated from german to english. Even though the documentary does not relate those particular stories, those texts may shed some light on local resistance against the urban development that takes place in the city.

[…Lees verder]

ICAD Benefit

Thursday January 23rd 2014, ICAD Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

ICAD, International Committee Against Disappearances, has established in Istanbul in 1996. Direct reason was the disappearance of Hasan Ocak, a Turkish activist, in march 1995. Two months later his body was found. To let disappear is a manner of state terror to paralyse social protest
against oppression and exploitation. Family, friends, political co-activists don’t know if their beloved ones are still alive. Not only political murders, tortures, extra-juridical killings, secret detention centres is a manner of state terror but also “disappearances”. […Lees verder]

Uprisings in Turkey, Info night & Benefit

Monday July 8th 2013, Uprisings in Turkey, Info night & Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.
Taksim Everywhere, Resistance Everywhere. Info night about the uprisings in Turkey. Who is raising the flag, which flag, these days in Turkey? What has changed after recent uprisings all around Turkey? Video activists from Global Uprisings recently returning from Istanbul will present and discuss the current situation. Money raised with this benefit will go to juridical expenses for our comrades in Turkey. […Lees verder]

Filmavond: Takva, A Man’s Fear of God

Zo./Su. 8 april 2012: Film night, 20uur: Takva: A Man’s Fear of God (Özer Kiziltan, Turkey, 2006, 96′). English subtitles.

Humble and introvert Muharrem lives in a solitary and meager existence of a prayer and sexual abstinence adhering strictly to the most severe Islamic doctrines.He extraordinary devotion attracts the attention of the leader of a rich and powerful Istanbul religious group and he offers him an administrative post as a rent collector for their numerous properties. Muharrem’s new job throws him into the modern outside world he has successfully avoided for so long. He soon witnesses conflict attitude toward alcohol consumption and goodwill.He notices that he himself has become proud, domineering and even dishonest.To make matters worse, Muharrem’s inner peace is unnerved by the tormenting image of seductive woman who tempts him in his dreams,both night and day.With the balance of his devotion now upset,his fear of God begins to eat away at his senses.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, nice, warm and cozy cinema! Doors open at 20:00, film starts at 20:15, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net


Devrim Arabalari / Revolution Cars

Zo. 22 Mei 2011, Filmavond, 21uur, Revolution Cars (Devrim Arabalari, Turkey, 2008, 115′). 1960 military coup leader has a bold project of Turkish car brand. Internal and socio-cultural relations of technical engineer society and politics.


Benefit Party, Info Night for Migrant Solidarity Network in Turkey

Migrant_Solidarity_Network_TurkeyThursday October 14th 2010, Voku, Benefit Party, Info Night for Migrant Solidarity Network in Turkey

Migrant Solidarity Network in Turkey is formed earlier this year with the motivation to bring migrants and issues around corrupted migration politics of Turkey visible to the public. For now, their main focus is the deportation centers in Istanbul. They have been organizing actions in front of the deportation centers and communicate with people inside.

During the benefit party/info night, a guest from migrant solidarity network will give info about the situation. There will be voku starting from 19hrs; video screening and more will follow. Food is vegan, 3€ or donation. No reservation

Gocmen Dayanisma Agi / Migrant Solidarity Network http://gocmendayanisma.org/

Turkse film avond: Lola and Bilidikid (1999 – Atif Yilmaz)

Lola_and_BilidikidWed 24.10.2007 – Lola and Bilidikid (1999), Dir: E.Kutlug Ataman. Turkish / German with English Sub.

17-year old Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin, Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman, head of the family since the father’s death, wants him to finally lose his virginity (in a heterosexual manner) and thus causes Murat to run away. In a bar, Murat meets Lola, who has some things to tell about him. He also meets Bilidikid, Lolas man, who thinks that Murat might have thrown an eye on Lola. But the truth about Lola, Murat and his family is far worse that anyone could have expected.
Provoking documentaries, movies off the beaten mainstream path and other material you probably wont be able to see outside of film festivals and similar special events… Please note: This is not a bar evening or kitchen evening. If you want to eat or drink, please come on the days assigned to those activities. There’s no food, and drinks can be ordered before and after the film only.


Info-Night: ‘Antimilitarist and Conscientious Objectors’ Movement in Turkey

Fri 27.04.2007 – “Every Turkish man is born, so they say, a soldier. Fortunately, there are those who refuse to be one, even though Turkey does not recognize the right to conscientious objection. This event sets out to discuss the current situation of conscientious objection movement in Turkey from a historical and socio-political perspective.

After a short introduction about militarism in Turkey, two antimilitarists who have been actively involved in the movement, will talk about the Turkish military structure, the conscription and legal procedure concerning the objectors, the development of the movement since the 1990s, as well as the representation of the refusers in the media. After briefly comparing the Turkish case to those of the Israeli, Spanish and Latin American ones, we would like to discuss strategies for supporting the conscientious objectors from abroad. The evening will finish with a video screening of recent actions and an open debate.”