All over the world we can witness acts of civil disobedience against the ruling powers these days. The groups of protesters often consist of a wide range of different interest groups. At times these alliances are able to bridge their deeply rooted conflicts in order to unite for a common cause.
During the current protests in Turkey such an alliance formed out of the most unlikely parties.
For years fans of the 3 main football clubs in Istanbul (Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas), have been known all over Europe for their unconditional support of their teams, and their mutual rivalry that often resulted in extremely violent clashes.
The current protest movement in Turkey originated in order to protect Gezi park in Istanbul against demolition. It soon became a protest movement against the ruling AK party and prime minister Erdogan. The ruthless dealings of the police against the peaceful protesters sparked a nation wide movement uniting environmentalists, political activists from all political spectrums, ordinary citizens and football ultras.
Then something remarkable happened: during the demonstrations fans of the competing football teams united for a common cause for the first time ever. The football ultras now fight side by side against the police and use their experience with clashes to help the protesters against tear gas and to build barricades.
Soon they found a name for their alliance: Istanbul United.
Our film will give an exciting insight into a subculture most of us know only from the news.
We want to show the lifestyles of these people and the reasons for their anger, which are often similar to the reasons of the ordinary protesters.
We will show football ultras during matches, demonstrations and clashes as well as in their private lives.
The final film will be a feature length documentary and a shorter TV version (approx. 60min).
HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP US
We are producing the project completely independently, on our own dime and with a lot of help from people from all over the region. This gives us the freedom to show the protagonists in a way we feel is authentic.
Due to the current events we need to act quickly now and need your help to finish it.
We have already filmed in Istanbul for four days in June to create a first trailer.
Now we need to go back by the end of July / beginning of August, to finish filming at the beginning of the new season. We need $15.000 to cover the basic production costs of travel, accommodation and equipment rentals.
Every cent above that goal will be used to pay our external crew fees (camera, sound, web designer), since all of our team members work with us for free, out of pure enthusiasm, and additional post-production costs.
We prepared some simple, nice and exclusive perks for you, most of them will not be available anywhere else, ever. You will become part of the project, get your name on the film credits and/or on our website and have exclusive access to the progress of the film.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
In case you don't have money to spare you can still become an important part of the project. Become an outreach partner simply by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or whichever online or real-life communication channels you use to stay in touch with your friends.
Also you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will be happy to provide you with all info and materials.