23 January 2009
"Istanbul: Truth, fear and hope" Film screening at the Caucasus Research Resource Center in Tbilisi

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Approaching Istanbul. © 2008 pre tv. All rights reserved.

"Istanbul: Truth, fear and hope"
(52 minutes, in English)

Return to Europe Series
Winner of the 2008 Erasmus EuroMedia Award

on Friday, 23 January 2009, at 16.30


In August 2008, Turkey narrowly averted a political and constitutional crisis that was threatening its transformation. The crisis brought to the fore the many contradictions that run deep in Turkish politics and society. How to reconcile secularism with religion? How to overcome the bitter power struggle between the new and the old elites? And how to deal with a complicated multi-ethnic and multi-religious society?

The film Istanbul: Truth, fear and hope seeks to answer these questions. It is part of the award-winning TV documentary series Return to Europe, which former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato qualified as "documentaries all of us citizens of the European Union should have the opportunity to see".

The series is supported by ERSTE Stiftung and has been jointly produced by the German-language satellite channel 3sat, Austria's public broadcaster ORF and the TV production company pre-TV, in cooperation with the European Stability Initiative (ESI), upon whose research and analysis these films are based. The documentaries have recently been shown at international events in Barcelona, Tirana, Berlin, Brussels, and other cities and have received very positive feedback. They will be broadcast by a number of TV stations throughout the Balkans in coming months.


Friday, 23 January 2009




Caucasus Research Resource Center – CRRC
Zandukeli 16

About us
Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com