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"WE ARE VOLUNTEERS", 2007

Documentary by Zeren Goktan & Idil Elveris, Video, duration 43'
Stills from the video 20' seconds, Marmara Hotel, Taksim Square
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Press Release for We Are Volunteers
Non-Governmental Organizations are the buzzword of the day. The EU process in Turkey transforms state and society relations and removes legal obstacles to the advancement of NGOs but what do the people who volunteer in them think? This documentary is about volunteers in Turkey, be they bird watchers, teachers, activists in women’s rights or doctors. By giving voice to volunteers by way of interviews, the project aims to create a meaningful, fruitful and interesting debate about issues and themes surrounding voluntarism. The stories of individuals who have taken civic responsibility paints a diverse picture and understandings as to why they volunteer and how they see the future of volunteering while also exposing the strengths and weaknesses of the NGOs in Turkey, sector by sector. The documentary also contains comments by leading scholars in the field and NGO representatives about the third sector and promises to be an optimistic story about the future in Turkey.
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DEEPBLUE
BACKYARD
DAYLIGHT
COUNTER
UNEXPECTED MOVEMENTS
BLACK SWAN EVENT
ABOVEGROUND
IN-FLUX
PASSING(CHAIN)
PASSING(SHOT-GUN)
FACING THE WALLS
WE ARE VOLUNTEERS
BREADZONE
UNTITLED 1
UNTITLED 2
PASSING
RED JUMP SUIT
IN THE NAME OF BREAD FOR THE SAKE OF LAND
STAIRWAY
THE BREAD DOOR
PASSAGE
DEAD OR ALIVE
UNTITLED
LIVING THE HIVES DOOR OPEN
RENDEZVOUS
IM-MIGRATION