“Happy Fishbowl” tells the story of the Bagdat Avenue district in Istanbul from the beginning of the 20th century to the present and the urban transformation that has been experienced, with the found images.
The documentary begins with an encounter and dialogue with one of the first inhabitants and discusses the urban transformation through a brief history of the district, interviews with old and new residents, and personal testimony and reckoning.
Director Biography – Merve Çaşkurlu
Merve Çaşkurlu graduated from MSGSU Painting Department in 2004. She carried out her Ph.D. project in the field of cinema between 2018-2020 with a Fulbright VSR grant in San Francisco.
The documentary “Happy Fishbowl” is the output of this project. She still works as a faculty member at Yeditepe University Visual Communication Design Department and produces interdisciplinary projects covering areas such as space, memory, and virtual reality.