Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits

İmre Azem

Türkiye, 2014, 93’

Editing: Eray İlhan, Arzu Volkan
Photography: İmre Azem
Producer: Gaye Günay

Ecologic thresholds are surpassed, economic thresholds are surpassed, population thresholds are surpassed and social harmony is upset. Here is the depiction of neoliberal urbanisation: “City without Limits”. In his first feature-length documentary, İmre Azem aims for a wholesome approach to Istanbul; as much as the change itself, he questions the underlying dynamics. He takes us on a long journey in this endless city, from demolished slums to the tops of skyscrapers, from the depths of the Marmara Sea to the route of the third bridge crossing the Bosporus, from real estate investors to urban opposition. We hope that you will not be a mere spectator to change, but question it.

İmre Azem was born in Istanbul in 1975. In 1998 he graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with degrees in Political Science and French Literature.After graduating in 1998 he moved to New York. In 2004 he started working as a director of photography and editor in video productions, short films, documentaries, and independent feature films. In 2008 he moved to Istanbul to embark on his directoral debut project, Ecumenopolis.