Director: Oliver Waldhauer, Farid Eslam / Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey / 2014 / 84m / Languages: Turkish, English / Subtitle: English / Cast: Can Atalay, Cahit Binici, Ayan Güner, Ugur Vardan, Kerem Gürbüz, Cace Karakaya, Bilgesu Kaya / Nominated for the German Human Rights Movie Award 2014
Selection: 2014 Istanbul FF, Munich FF, Karlovy Vary FF, Bergen IFF Awards: 2014 (Social Awareness) ISPO 2013 (I Movietrailer) IMTF
All over today‘s world we can witness acts of civil disobedience against ruling powers. The protesters often consist of a wide range of people. At times these alliances are able to bridge together conflicts in order to unite for a common cause. One such alliance formed out of the most unlikely parties during the Turkish protests against the ruling AK party and Prime Minister Erdogan in June 2013. For years fans of the three main football clubs in Istanbul (Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray) have been known for their unconditional support of their teams and their mutual rivalry that often resulted in extremely violent clashes against each other or the police, with countless injuries and even deaths. Then something remarkable happened, during the demonstrations, fans of the competing football teams united for a common cause for the first time. People notorious for their mutual hate stood side by side. Soon a name for their alliance was found: Istanbul United.