Living with Leviathan


2013, 11’, Documentary

This is a personal story about a nationwide uprising, the Occupy Gezi movement in Turkey, in the summer of 2013. More of an open letter than a documentary, this movie tries to show how Turkish youth say “No!” to the despotic regime and the police brutality.

Written & Edited & Directed & Produced by: Şirin Bahar Demirel

Original Music: Tolga Gürpınar

Sound: Mehmet Eren Bozbaş

Narrator: Tuğçe Kanbur

Images: Found footage & Şirin Bahar Demirel

Selected Screenings and Awards

– Best Documentary Award at the 8th River Film Festival, Padua, Italy, 2014
Special Jury Award  at the  22nd International ContraVision Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2014
PhoneDox Award at ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 2014 
3rd Best Short Documentary Award at the  20th IFSAK National Short Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014
– American Documentary Film Festival, California, USA, 2015
– 31st Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany, 2014 
– DokuFest, Prizren, Kosovo, 2014
– 30th FESTROIA International Film Festival, Portugal, 2014
– 14th Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon, 2014