Çiğdem Akbay

Çiğdem Akbay (born and raised by Turkish immigrants in Huntsville, Alabama) spent five years in Istanbul, Turkey, conducting anthropological research and working on various film projects. HIPHOPISTAN is a result of her growing interest in the relationships between Istanbul youth, cultural identity, and globalization.


Hiphopistan: Representing Locality in a Global City
Çiğdem Akbay
2007, 25 min., Color, Turkey
HIPHOPISTAN is a documentary film that examines the impact of Hip-Hop culture on Istanbul youth and reveals how young Turkish rappers, DJs, break-dancers, and graffiti artists creatively blend popular influences with their local cultural values and traditions. In a world that is becoming increasingl...

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