Co-Talk VIII was held with respected filmmaker and lecturer Can Candan, on 9th of February at our HQ, Impact Hub.
Co-Talks are designed to provide the team members with the opportunity for meeting distinguished intellectuals in person and discussing contemporary issues together.At Co-Talk VIII. we improved our event format by watching the movie directed by our guest Can Candan, “Benim Çocuğum” (My Child), before the discussions.
Can Candan is an independent filmmaker and a lecturer at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. He has a BA from Hampshire College/USA in film and video, and an MFA (a terminal degree, comparable to a PhD in other disciplines) from Temple University/USA in film and media arts. As a filmmaker since 1989, his works have been screened internationally at festivals, conferences, schools, universities, in galleries, cinemas, and on television. He has taught film courses and workshops, both in universities and media education centers in the United States and in Turkey. He is a founding member of docIstanbul Center for Documentary Studies which organized the 2010 Visible Evidence International Documentary Studies Conference at Bogazici University in Istanbul.
During the academic year, he teaches a documentary history & theory course, a course on documentary cinema in Turkey and mentors film-related projects and theses. His latest film is “My Child” a feature documentary on parents of LGBTs in Turkey, which premiered in February 2013 at !f International Independent Film Festival in Istanbul, and has been distributed widely, including theatrical, DVD, and online releases. In 2016, he published an edited book, “Kurdish Documentary Cinema in Turkey” with Suncem Koçer (Kadir Has University, Istanbul) and has been collaborating with her on a new edited book entitled “Documentary Cultures in Turkey,” as well as working on a new book in Turkish, about the history of documentary cinema in Turkey. He is also developing and fundraising for his new feature documentary film entitled “Nuclear alla Turca.”