Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

I/Eye on Conflict: TransX Instanbul

Wednesday 27 May, 18.15-20.00
Cinema 2, Barbican Arts Centre, London

ie2Thousands of transwomen live in the big cities of Turkey. Since 2009 there has been an increase in the murder of trans* people but the perpetrators can usually rely on being exempted from prosecution. 

Ebru K, a transwoman from Istanbul, fights against the displacement and murder of her companions. For 25 years, she has been active in defending human rights and the rights of LGBTIQ with humour, self-irony and political acumen.

She meets Margarethe, an 85-year-old German retired nurse and mother of filmmaker Maria Binder, and establishes a retirement home for trans*. Urban transformation of Istanbul and the protests around the Gezi Park resonate throughout the film.

Turkey/Germany 2013 Dir Maria Binder 114min

In association with the University of Sussex, School of Media, Film and Music and Sussex Centre for the Visual

Co-curated by Dr Alisa Lebow, Reader in Film Studies University of Sussex