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Alisa Lebow


Istanbul Film Festival Cancels Competitions Due to Censorship

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The thirty-fourth annual Istanbul Film Festival has cancelled all of its film competitions at the behest of the various juries, given the extraordinary circumstances at the film festival this year. The festival was forced to withdraw a programmed screening of a Kurdish documentary, Bakur [North] (Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, 2015) from the festival, which resulted in all of the domestic competition films except for two being pulled from the festival by the ...

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Alisa Lebow


Alisa Lebow is a filmmaker and film scholar who teaches film studies at the University of Sussex, in England. She serves on the annual selection committee for domestic documentaries for the Istanbul Film Festival. She can be reached at