One Million Steps


a dance documentary in the uprising of Istanbul


A tap dancer performs, while elsewhere people run from the tear gas of the police. Two worlds apart  ̶  if it wasn’t for an unexpected opening in the floor, right in front of the dancer… She decides to jump, and lands in the middle of the social protests in Istanbul. The dancer witnesses the people’s fight for personal freedom and living space, and takes the opportunity to transform her dance into a statement of solidarity.


The World Premiere

We celebrate the long-awaited Premiere of “One Million Steps”! Please come or let your Istanbul friends know about it. It would be truly wonderful to have you there with us!

World Premiere – Saturday, 13.06.2015 – 4 pm – Beyolu SES Theatre (İstiklal Cadessi No:62/90)
Second Screening – Sunday, 14.06.2015 – 6 pm – TAK Kadıköy (Rasimpaşa Mah. Duatepe Sk. No: 61 Yeldeğirmeni KADIKÖY)
Ticket available here:


Tap Dancer Marije Nie and Filmmaker Eva Stotz about the film:

“Rhythm as a universal language, inspired us to meet with a city and its habitants through the rhythms of the steps we take in our lives. We chose Istanbul as our destination, a city of extreme contrasts that is over 2000 years old and subject to the expansion of a neo-liberal economy. What pressures does this generate? What becomes visible when we look at the daily steps and movements of the habitants?

With a small crew, we filmed for a week in April 2013. End of May 2013 country wide protests broke out and our initial questions suddenly became visible and audible everywhere. Not only did the movements of the people in the streets change – protesters and policemen pressing through the streets, people occupying a park to prevent it from demolition, banging pots and pans out of windows at 9pm – but people seemed to ask themselves different questions: how will this continue? How do I want to live and relate to my fellow citizens? What will be my next step?

Through the changing sounds and movements in the city, we felt a peaceful and creative resistance against a system that has alienated itself from the people and their needs. In the film we see through the eyes of the dancer how people reclaim their living space and fight for a piece of freedom. The dancer is a-political and playful at first, but then she discovers her affinity with the people in the protest and uses her dance as a powerful expression of solidarity.”