*Online Premiere* Protests in Istanbul have turned violent causing great concern to a Turkish immigrant living away from his native country and family. Taksim Square is a minimal tone poem poignant for its simplicity and real world relevance.
The man has been trying to reach his daughter for some time. His fear builds as he watches the developing crises on the news. When he finally receives a call back, it eases his worry for a moment, but she complains of being tear-gassed and vows to continue the fight. There’s nothing he can do but go about his normal day working as an industrial janitor, as the anxiety and distance continues to build.
Director Alexander Girav tells the story in a restrained manner allowing the emotion to naturally occur without much on-screen drama. His subject is shrouded in darkness (apropos to the immigrant experience) for most of the film but we feel the pain and isolation. (7 minutes)