Award-winning indie docs headed to gstanbul, Bursa

Four multiple award-winning independent documentary features from the United States will hit select movie theaters in two Turkish cities later this month thanks to a new collaboration between Turkey’s indie distribution system Baika Sinema and the American Film Showcase (AFS), a film diplomacy program organizing screenings and workshops with US filmmakers in more than 35 countries.

For three days from May 29-31, four Baika Sinema theaters in Istanbul and one theater in Bursa will be hosting free admission screenings of the four films on the program, Baika Sinema announced in a press release issued Monday.

The films include “American Promise,” a 2013 documentary in which Joe Brewster and Michegravele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, for 13 years follow the story of their son, Idris, and his best friend, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.

“Everybody Street,” another 2013 film, about the lives and work of New York’s street photographers and the city that has inspired them, and “The Philosopher Kings,” a 2009 film about custodians in the most prestigious colleges and universities in America, are also on the lineup.

The last film on the bill is “When I Walk,” a 2013 documentary feature in which filmmaker Jason DaSilves documents his body’s decline after being diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis in 2006 at age 25.

Theaters that will host the screenings in Istanbul are the Pera Cinema in Beyoilu and the Moda Theater in KadikOy as well as the Cinetech movie theaters inside the shopping centers Mall of Istanbul and Torium. Screenings in Bursa will be held at the Cinetech Korupark movie theater.

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