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FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2023
6:00 pm

Goethe-Institut Boston | 170 Beacon Street
Free admission but advance online registration required



Istanbul Notes

Documentary / 69 min. / with English subtitles & in English
Directed by Özlem Sarıyıldız & Yunus Emre Aydın


‘İstanbul Makamı’ is a cinematographic improvisation with five musicians from abroad who fell in love with the Maqam Music, and decided to live in Turkey believing that music would be best learned on the land that it was born and performed. Each musician has his/her personal story but their paths intersect with their desire to find their own paths.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition: Best Documentary
  • On the Road Film Festival, Italy
  • Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival, Turkey
  • Apricot Tree Documentary Film Festival, Armenia
  • Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival


Özlem Sarıyıldız received her bachelor’s degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Industrial Design, and her undergraduate degree from METU Department of Media and Cultural Studies. She has been interested in making videos and documentaries since her undergraduate years. Her filmography includes There and Back (2013), Damn the Dams (2012), Water Salt Flour (2011), In-Between (2009), The Hopping Ducklings (2009), A Piece of Monologue: Time (2008), Rails Passing Through Inside (2007), Muted (2007), A Movie with Wax (2006), The Weaving Dream (2004), Some About My Mother (2004), 1+1=1 (2003), Not Yet Rendered (2002), sss:f (2001).

Yunus Emre Aydın graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in Philosophy. He is currently doing his graduate studies in the same university. He is a professional photographer. He is also a musician and plays oud. Istanbul Notes is his first film as a director.




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