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.

Serpent Head

Serpent Head

The Greek god Apollo and his son Asklepios presided over the realm of medicine and healing. Apollo was also the god of light and sun, whose solar symbolism and association with medicine would become linked to Christ the Physician, and the resurrected.

Ottoman Music and Entertainment from the Perspective of Painters

Ottoman Music and Entertainment from the Perspective of Painters

When we examine the Ottoman-themed paintings of indoor everyday life by western painters, musical entertainment attracts attention as a fundamental aspect of the lifestyle.

The Success of an Artist

The Success of an Artist

Pera Museum presents an exhibition of French artist Félix Ziem, one of the most original landscape painters of the 19th century. The exhibition Wanderer on the Sea of Light presents Ziem as an artist who left his mark on 19th century painting and who is mostly known for his paintings of Istanbul and Venice, where the city and the sea are intertwined.