Tuesday March 19 5:37 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

TURKISH ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM CHICAGO DEBUT FILMS AND IGNITE DISCUSSION

03/18/2019 - 19:30
03/18/2019 - 21:00
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The shorts are followed by a panel discussion with two of the creative forces behind the films. Admission is $10 with proceeds benefiting Huddled Masses, a Turkish refugee advocacy organization. Tickets at www.actingoutawareness.org.

“These films offer a snapshot into the lives of those fleeing Turkey who have settled in our community,” said Andrea Sutherland, Artistic Partnership Director of Acting Out Awareness. “Having the filmmakers at this event is a unique opportunity to hear more about the harrowing circumstances that forced people to leave their homes. We hope the audience comes away with a deeper awareness and understanding of the loss, fear, and hope asylum seekers have for the future of Turkey.”

The four world-premiere films presented are; “Story of Gokhan”, “The Story of Maden Family”, “The Story of Adem Korkut” and “Dictators Don’t Die”. Each film was inspired by real events during recent political turmoil in Turkey, where thousands have been arrested and imprisoned under false charges and many have fled to ensure their family's safety.

Immediately following the screening is an intimate conversation with Onur Tekman, writer of “Story of Gokhan” and “The Story of Maden Family”, and Jonah Smart, creative director of “The Story of Gokhan”. Acting Out Awareness plans to present these films to college and universities in 2019 to further educate students about the struggles happening in Turkey.

Tekman (Director and Screenwriter) was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1984. He fled Turkey for the United States in 2016. For over 15 years, he has directed short movies, animations and documentaries in Turkey and the U.S.. Tekman also writes scripts for stage and screen.

Smart (Creative Director) is an award-winning creative director, marketing strategist, brand architect and artist. His work was selected by Obama's White House to be an ambassador of cultural alliances between Turkey and the U.S. He is involved in a variety of projects with charity organizations since he arrived in the U.S. in 1999.

Acting Out Awareness presents the Stateless Film Festival: Stories from Turkish Freedom Seekers on Monday, March 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. The shorts are followed by a panel discussion with two of the creative forces behind the films. Admission is $10 with proceeds benefiting Huddled Masses, a Turkish refugee advocacy organization. Tickets at www.actingoutawareness.org

About Acting Out Awareness:
Acting Out Awareness partners with individuals, organizations, and communities to promote personal and social change through the performing arts and values-based leadership education. Their vision is to give marginalized and vulnerable populations the agency and skills necessary to tell their story, confront their challenges, and create their future. Past events have included Out of the Dark with Amnesty International, community initiatives with The Peace Corps, and an upcoming immersive theatre project with RefugeeOne.

About Huddled Masses:
Huddled Masses envisions that victims of political and religious persecution by authoritarian governments, particularly Turkey, who come to the United States are socially and economically integrated into the United States. Huddled Masses anticipates to reach the global society, which understands, respects, and supports others regardless of their gender, race, religion, and ideologies. It envisions a world where displaced people are able to have a second chance at life and breathe freely. Considering the atrocities in the oppressive countries particularly in Turkey, main aims of the Organization of Huddled Masses are to achieve the human rights and to help displaced people whose civil rights and freedoms were forcefully taken away thus had no choice but leave from their own countries and want to be a migrant in the United States of America.