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“Istanbul Notes” Presented by ATA-NC

Saturday, July 13, 2024
ATA-NC is proud to present the acclaimed 2016 documentary Istanbul Notes (in Turkish: İstanbul Makamı), winner of the “Best Documentary Film” prize at the Boston Turkish Film Festival and nominated for tops awards at seven other festivals around the world. The film is in Turkish with English subtitles. From the film’s website: ‘Istanbul Notes’ is a cinematographic improvisation with 5 musicians from abroad who fall in love with the Maqam Music and decide to live in Turkey believing that music might best be learned in the lands it was born and performed. Each has different stories but the desire to find their own path despite modern times’ obligations intersects their roads. Constructing three layers -music, Istanbul and combination of both in the filmic platform- the film is a modern-day fairy tale in praise of Istanbul and its classical music; a film about obstinacy, desire, looking for one’s own raison d’etre, travelling, being a world citizen and the power of music to understand the other and express oneself in the pursuit of intertwining stories following passion. It tells unique stories about the common dreams we are afraid to approach, and thus, tries to give inspiration to us to free ourselves. Leaving home and making music around the world. From Montreal, Sofia, New York, Salives and Palermo, five stories hit the road, travel the world and meet in İstanbul, by Istanbul Notes. Will Call tickets may be picked up at The Cary Theater box office beginning one hour prior to the screening.