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Do Not Forget Me Istanbul“Do Not Forget Me İstanbul”, as a part of “2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture Events”, brings together six internationally renowned directors, Aida Begic (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Stefan Arsenijevic (Serbia), Stergios Niziris (Greece), Eric Nazarian (USA), Omar Shargawi (Palestine) and Hany Abu-Assad (Paletsine). Each filmmaker developped his own script for a 15 minutes short film. These stories lived in İstanbul will then be knit together to form a full lenght feature. Experienced scriptwriter Petros Markaris is on board as the script consultant and Mary Stephen will be the editor.
OffsideOffside is the story of two young, illegal African immigrants who left their country to come to Turkey hoping to be successful as football players. The paths of Taju and Rachid, who are both Nigerian, cross in İstanbul. While Taju (TJ) dreams of becoming a member of a 3rd league football team, he spends his days working to make a living in a small barber shop in Kumkapı, a district where many illegal immigrants from different countries live.
Rachid (Ade) who unlike Taju has come to the realization that he will not be able to reach his goal as a football player in Turkey, tries to find ways to go to Europe, to join his English girlfriend Diane whom he has met on the internet.
Their plans are suddenly shattered when their
teammate Okute (Festus Okey) is killed under police custody; this event leaves them with many questions about the future.
As their shared passion for football brings them closer, it also drifts them apart. Eventually each chooses his own way…
Original title: OFSAYT
Production: OMINIRA FILMS & ALTINSAY FILMWORKS -TURKEY
Year of production: 2010
Length: 50’ 56’’
Format: HDV/ 16:9
Original language of dialogue: AFRICAANS, ENGLISH & TURKISH
Subtitles: ENGLISH / TURKISH
Director/ camera: REYAN TUVİ
Editing: AYHAN ERGÜRSEL- ALİ AGA
Sound design- mix: CENKER KÖKTEN
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