Istanbul Express was an itinerant filmmaking workshop involving 50 participants, who crossed the rails of Europe to make short documentaries.
The Istanbul Express films had their world premiere at the Cannes Critics' Week 2011.
After filmmaking explorations of Paris, Istanbul, Kars and Budapest, the NISI MASA “Visions Of” workshop went to Prague, from 22nd to 29th of August 2010. Prague is a place of history and a crossroad of culture. More and more young people are travelling around Europe. But they don’t often really go into the city itself and its social and cultural diversity. This meeting aimed to go further that the tourist point of view and make the young people reflect about the European diversity thanks to the social cross-road that could represent a city and the exchange between young people.
After having explored the city of Istanbul (Visions of Istanbul), NISI MASA wanted to explore the opposite side of Turkey: Kars, a city in the far-east of the country. Nobel prize-winning Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer, was inspired by this place to write his novel “Snow”. This evocation of an old crossroad of civilisations was the starting point of this filmmaking workshop.
Synopsis of the films
1. Natalia Ivanova | Young Survivors from a Small City (Bulgaria) 7:50 min
The topic of the film is how to survive young in a small city on the Balkans. It shows the stories and the life decisions that three young people from a small Serbian city (Krusevac) have to deal with. Their problems however are the problems of all young people who live in small cities on the Balkans – unemployment;boredom which leads to drug abuse; immigration issues – “should I stay or should I go”.
20 Visions of Paris
The idea was simple yet hard to implement: to ask young European directors to explore Paris with their video cameras and to capture personal visions of the city.
Considering the division of Paris in 20 districts, why not invite 20 countries? A different country, a different film, for each district.