Istanbul Echoes

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Istanbul is hit by gentrification in full force. Director Giulia Frati follows street vendors as their city quickly changes and they are robbed of more than their livelihood. They sell everything – cloth, food, curtains – in the streets of Istanbul, and some of them have been at it for more than 50 years. But their way of life is about to change. With their city quickly gentrifying, the authorities want to create a “modern and clean” environment. In just five years, working-class neighborhoods have been demolished, their residents displaced. For these street vendors, there’s more than their livelihood at stake: their entire culture and traditions are threatened. "Dramatically speaking, we are witnessing a death struggle. Giulia Frati turns it into a declaration of love, a highly political one that is." (tagblatt.de)