“God stands by these immigrants even in places of exile. Brightness exists in darkness. Belief presents in suspicion and happiness occurs in pain.” Callshop Istanbul unfolded focusing on people from different nations with different languages and skin colors talking on the phone to their families and friends in the callshops in streets and lanes. Callshop was endowed with a deep meaning in the film.
The film focuses on immigrants. The two Canadian directors Sami Mermer and Hind Benchekroun used “callous”but distinguished perspective filming the scenes immigrants reaching out to families by talking on the phone in the callshop in Istanbul, which is deeply affecting.
“We got the chance to know the refugee issue happened in Europe by watching this film. Although the film shows only the ordinary scenes in the callshop, the social problems revealed are thought-provoking, allowing us to see the other side of the world full of cruelness, tragedy and darkness, as well as their dreams, thoughts and perplexity.”said Zhang Yaxin, Professor of the School of Television and Journalism of Communication University of China, and Director of Television Program Institute in the International Excellent Documentary Sharing Session on Dec. 15th.
Member of Italian Documentary Association, independent documentary filmmaker Anny Carraro said that exceptional documentaries are of both factual and narrative natures, and can bring audiences aesthetic experience like being on the scene. Callshop Istanbul is one of those that showed us the true life of immigrants who live in the bottom of the society along with their dilemmas and helplessness.
International Excellent Documentary Sharing Session launched by Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee and Beijing International Youth University, held by Beijing Huayun-Shangde International Cultural Exchange Co., Ltd, aims to set up a communication platform for numerous documentary fans and professionals, and to display the charm of documentary.
One of the staff said it was such an honor to share documentary works with over two hundred professionals and fans in documentary industry. The organizer will hold more similar sharing activities in the future to show the charm of documentary for documentary fans.