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Editor’s Note

One thing independent feature films often aren’t able to deal with is very recent history. Films take so long to get developed, financed and produced, and by the time they arrive, whatever proximity they once had to the zeitgeist can be a step removed, which makes the exceptions to this problem thrilling. In this issue, Vadim Rizov interviews director Shevaun Mizrahi about her documentary, Distant Constellation, featuring the residents of a nursing home in Istanbul overshadowed by mega construction sites. Mizrahi shot the film over many years, and as news breaks now about Turkey’s currency crisis—which has its roots in […]

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