Taskafa: Stories of the Street

Artangel Open Winner, and the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards, artist, cultural activist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman's Taşkafa: Stories of the Street (2013) is about resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul. The film is voiced by the late, great John Berger with readings from his novel King, a story of hope, dreams, love and resistance, told from the perspective of a dog belonging to a community facing disappearance, even erasure. In Taşkafa, this voice is gifted to a wider community and range of perspectives: to dogs, a city and, finally, to history.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman will be joined on stage by acclaimed author Ali Smith for a discussion following the film.

"A work as profound as it is protesting"
Sukhdev Sandhu, Sight & Sound

“At once a genuinely singular portrait of a world city in transition, an affecting and committed study of those marginalized by globalization and an empathetic vision of resistance through a wholly different register of belonging, Taşkafa is that rarest of breeds, a work of poetry and praise, singing of the heightened daily joys that come from a true comradeship between species.”

Gareth Evans, Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London


Club and Group screenings

Tue 23rd May 18.20 + Q&A with Andrea Zimmerman and Ali Smith: Director Andrea Zimmerman will be in discussion with author Ali Smith following this screening.