Boston Turkish Film Festival

Aşağı Yukarı Galata

Up and Down Galata | Asagi Yukari Galata

11:00 am

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Alfond Auditorium
465 Huntington Avenue

In competition
Directed byÇağan Duran & Ali Uluç Kutal
Doc. / 80 min. / 2015
with English subtitles

“Librairie de Pera” was one of the oldest book stores of Istanbul. Located in Galata, the bookstore was reflecting neighborhood’s true cosmopolitan culture almost throughout a century. In 2013, bookstore was closed down as a result of ongoing urban transformation process. Through the story of the bookstore, we are invited to see how demography of Galata is changed in the course of time. Locals, artisans, shop owners, and daily workers of “Yüksekkaldırım” make us capture contemporary nature of this process.

Selected Festivals and Awards

• Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival, Turkey: Special Screening
• International Labor Film Festival, Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir and Diyarbakır, Turkey
• Special Screening - Brown Bag Seminars by Political and Social Research Institute of Europe at Istanbul Bilgi University
• Special Screening - Today Talks by Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul


Çağan Duran is a master student in the field of Cultural Studies in Istanbul. He plans to get his PhD in similar topics after completing his graduate study. Besides, he wants to develop his own film projects and shoot them in possible future.


Ali Uluç Kutal is a recently graduated sociology major. He has been working in various notable film festivals in Turkey. He wants to keep shooting his own independent documentary films in near future.


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