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.

The Search for Form

The Search for Form

A series of small and rather similar nudes Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and Eren Eyüboğlu produced in the early 1930s almost resemble a ‘visual conversation’ that focus on a pictorial search. It is also possible to find the visual reflections of this earlier search in the synthesis Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu reached with his stylistic abstractions in the 1950s.

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

When Karl XII of Sweden was defeated by Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in 1709, he fled to the Ottoman Empire and settled in Bender with his entourage for five years.

A Solitary Eagle in the Sinai Desert

A Solitary Eagle in the Sinai Desert

John Frederick Lewis is considered one of the most important British Orientalist artists of the Victorian era. Pera Museum exhibited several of Lewis’ paintings as part of the Lure of the East exhibition in 2008 organized in collaboration with Tate Britain.