The last time when we featured a short travel documentary by the Italian filmmaker Nicola Bozzo, he was far away, on the gad through the streets of Kathmandu in Nepal, exploring the new places, people, and atmosphere. A few months later, Nicola found himself in an utterly new context among the border between Europe and Asia, where he pursued his passion for discovering on a new level. Living in times of restrictions, Nicola went on to discover the new meaning of moving in time and space, of traveling.
This time, Bozzo visited the former Constantinople, nowadays known as Istanbul. The center where Western and Eastern cultural influences meet together served Bozzo as a neutral ground for raising the questions of how the pandemic times have changed us and let us feel what really matters to us. Rather than just picturing the outside surroundings, Bozzo took the opportunity to turn the travel movie into an introspective piece, using the city as a symbolic place in ourselves.
Why am I here?
Anonymous faces and inscrutable stories are passing by like a gentle breeze. In a faraway land where two continents meet, kissed by the same sea.
Why am I here? Is it just an answer to a thousand other questions?
Sometimes I feel a need for a compass and map to escape these times.
The "non-essential travel" doesn't visit as much of a foreign place as it visits our inner self. Featuring protagonist Ekaterina Milaeva, the movie inpersonates the words of the poem by Luca Ravettino (narrated by Meagan Lee Farrell).
The Poem From Istanbul understands, cares and inspires us to take our opportunity to turn hard times into a positive gain:
Loneliness invades you, forcing you to face a mirror, but what you receive is a drawn-out self-reflection about who you are, what you want, what keeps you alive.
Sometimes words aren't enough. Sometimes you need to look up to colours. You can start by watching the full-length movie here:
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Chiara was born and raised in the neighbourhood of Petržalka in Bratislava. Besides studying Marketing Communication at Comenius University, she happens to be an observer, mostly through the lens of a camera.