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One Million Steps, a dance documentary in the uprising of Istanbul

Synopsis:

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.

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.”

 

Concert performances and workshop
For certain events and festivals we can combine a screening of the film with a concert performance by Marije with (local) musicians or a rhythm / tap dance workshop, amplifying the energy and rhythms of the film into the present. If you are interested in programming an event like this please contact us separately through email mail@onemillionsteps-project.com.

Awards
*BEST DOCUMENTARY*, 4th MUMBAI SHORTS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)
*BEST ANIMATION/EXPERIMENTAL FILM*, 26th BAMBERGER KURZFILMTAGE (Animation/Experimental Competition, Germany)

Festivals and Events
8th DOCUMENTARIST – ISTANBUL DOCUMENTARY DAYS (Official Selection, Turkey)
15th SEOUL NEW MEDIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (Global Propose Section, South Korea)
25th INVIDEO – INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF VIDEO ART & CINEMA BEYOND (Official Selection, Milan, Italy), 10th MOSCA – CAMBUQUIRA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Programme, Brazil), 24th ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Missouri, USA)
KARAMA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jordan), 4th MUMBAI SHORTS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India), 7th ARES FILM & MEDIA FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Italy), 9th CAIRO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Egypt), 34th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON ART (FIFA), 17th FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM D’AUBAGNE (FIFA) (Short Film Competition, Category Documentary, France), 6th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Documentary Section, NY, USA), 9th GLASGOW SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Scotland), 23. SGUARDI ALTROVE FILM FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE (Donne Raccontano Documentary Competition, Milano, Italy), 13th CINEDANS – DANCE ON SCREEN FESTIVAL EYE (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), 9th ONE WORLD ROMANIA INT’L HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania), 3rd GREEN IMAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tokyo, Japan), 39th GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE SELB (Competition, Germany), 8th GO SHORT – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NIJMEGEN (European Competition, The Netherlands), 9th LOIKKA DANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Helsinki, Finland), 10th TAOS SHORTZ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Taos, New Mexico, USA)

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Yes! Best experimental / animation film

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

We are very happy and proud to receive the award for *BEST ANIMATION/EXPERIMENTAL FILM* at [...]

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Our First Award!

December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

We got our first award! "Best Documentary" at the 4th Mumbai Shorts International Filmfestival. Sadly, [...]

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Berlin Premiere

December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

The sold out Berlin premiere of One Million Steps was at the beautiful and hospitable [...]