At the modern-day crossroads of Turkey and Syria, the neighborhood of Istasyon is taken over by children with cameras. Through their gaze, they transform cinder block villages into portals and roam freely across abandoned train tracks to Sirkhane Darkroom, an oasis of red light and pomegranate trees, where their images are born. Darkroom is an experimental and celebratory portrait of Istasyon’s youth and their capacity to forge an alternate reality within a conflict zone. Embedded in this vibrant 16mm film, a co-creation between the film crew and these photography students is a reverence for the mysterious power and intimacy of analog image-making.

2023 | 14 min | Turkey & US

2023 MoMA Doc Fortnight
2023 Visions Du Reel
2023 Doc Alliance Best Short Nominee 2023 DokuFest
2023 Camden IFF
2023 Ji.hlava
2024 London Short Film Festival

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