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Project of the Day: 'Istanbul United' Follows Turkish Story through Sport

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 30, 2013 at 9:51AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Istanbul United" Tweetable Logline:
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Istanbul United"

Tweetable Logline:

Turkish football ultras used to fight each other for years. Now they stand side by side to fight a new enemy.


Elevator Pitch:

For years fans of the three main football clubs in Istanbul (Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas) have been known all over Europe for their unconditional support of their teams, and their mutual rivalry and extremely violent clashes, with countless injuries and even deaths.

During the current demonstrations and clashes in Turkey these fans united for a common cause for the first time ever. People notorious for their mutual hate stood side by side fighting the police, building barricades and using their experience to help other protesters against tear gas.
Soon they found a name for their alliance: Istanbul United.

Production Team:

Farid Eslam, director and producer
Olli Waldhauer, director and producer
Tina Schöpkewitz, producer

About the Production:

"When we first heard of this alliance we knew we had to capture this unique moment. If these people can overcome their deeply rooted mutual hate to fight for a common cause, it must be something fundamental, because their clubs are their religion. We want to tell their story, because it’s a story of overcoming one’s own limitations, beliefs and resentments to be part of something bigger; to make things better. We feel that today this is a global issue." -- Farid Eslam

Current Status:

In production.

For more information and to support this project:

Film Website
Indiegogo Campaign



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