For a thousand years, the Roma neighborhood of Sulukule in Istanbul’s Old City was world famous for its unique cultural, dancers and musicians. In recognition of its historical and cultural importance, UNESCO named Sulukule a World Heritage Site; this however did not stop the Turkish government from demolishing the neighborhood in 2008. “The Last Days of Sulukule,” was shot in the final weeks before bulldozers destroyed the historic district.
The documentary offers a look into the now demolished community, exploring Sulukule’s amazing music, people, and the complex mechanisms which lead to the destruction of minority cultures based on the interests and power of city developers and short sighted public officials. The documentary chronicles the all too common story of human and cultural destruction at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.