Reel West Side Stories
American Independent Documentaries

February 28 - March 7, 2014

Reel West Side Stories: American Independent Documentaries a program of award-winning contemporary American documentaries offers a view of American society and culture as seen by independent documentary filmmakers. Presented by Pera Film in collaboration with US Consulate General, İstanbul the selected films have won recognition and awards including Academy Award nominations, a National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award, and a Special Jury Award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, among many other accolades. The documentaries explore diverse topics including civil rights, immigration, adoption, environmentalism and freedom of the press. Overall the selected seven films provide viewpoints on socially relevant issues, an understanding of the role of filmmaking as a catalyst for dialogue and for exploring solutions to contemporary problems.

Screenings can be seen with a discounted museum ticket (5 TL). No reservations taken. 

In collaboration

With the support
State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts

February 28

18:00 Brooklyn Castle

21:00 Lives Worth Living

March 2

14:00 Mondays at Racine

Inocente

16:00 Off the Rez

18:00 Side By Side

March 5

16:00 Off the Rez

18:30 Deaf Jam

March 6

17:30 Lives Worth Living

19:00 Brooklyn Castle

March 7

18:00 Mondays at Racine

Inocente

19:30 Deaf Jam

21:00 Side By Side

Deaf Jam

Deaf Jam

Mondays at Racine

Mondays at Racine

Off the Rez

Off the Rez

Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle

Lives Worth Living

Lives Worth Living

Inocente

Inocente

Side By Side

Side By Side

Program Trailer

Reel West Side Stories
American Independent Documentaries

Reel West Side Stories: American Independent Documentaries a program of award-winning contemporary American documentaries offers a view of American society and culture as seen by independent documentary filmmakers.

From Cypresses to Turkish Landscapes

From Cypresses to Turkish Landscapes

Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos. 

The Rat Tribe Sim Chi Yin

The Rat Tribe Sim Chi Yin

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.

Transition to Sculpture

Transition to Sculpture

If Manolo Valdés’s paintings convey a search for materiality, his sculpture does so even more. Today, sculpture has taken over most of his workspace, his time, and his efforts.