Join us as we welcome filmmaker Emir Cakaroz, who will screen Revza and excerpts from a work in progress about neighborhood institution, Riverwest Film & Video.
Cakaroz, who lives in the United States, visits his family for ten short days in Turkey after being away for three years. He films his mother's daily activities and talks to her about life and family. While the film focuses on a mother and son’s relationship, it investigates the long-term effects of the immigration of filmmaker’s family from Bulgaria to Turkey, and the life of a widow in a patriarchal culture
Riverwest Film & Video (Working Title)
(excerpts, 15-20 min.)
This documentary is about Riverwest Film & Video, which rents out DVDs and sells film equipment. It also hosts a neighborhood radio station which is open to anyone who wants to have a program. The documentary examines the regulars of the store and the radio programmers and their relationships with the place. The film is also an investigation of a space in which the public and the private merge.
Emir Cakaroz is a Turkish documentary filmmaker who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his BA and MA degrees in Cinema and Television, at Anadolu University, in Turkey. He also holds an MFA degree from the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His award-winning films have screened all around the world, including the International Golden Orange Film Festival in Turkey and Short Film Corner in Cannes Film Festival in France. Emir's most recent documentary films are based on observation and direct interaction with his subjects. He believes that documentary films are not just a platform for a filmmaker's observations; it is an arena where the filmmaker and the subjects come together, communicate and negotiate. Emir teaches documentary filmmaking at the Film Department of UW- Milwaukee and Lake Forest College.