Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging

Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging

by Gonul Donmez-Colin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1861893701

ISBN-13: 2901861893702

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

"Films often act as prisms that refract the issues facing a nation, and Turkish cinema in particular distills and reflects the cultural and social challenges of modern-day Turkey. In this, the first comprehensive study of the cinema of Turkey to be published in English, acclaimed film scholar Gonul Donmez-Colin examines the way that national cinema reveals the

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"Films often act as prisms that refract the issues facing a nation, and Turkish cinema in particular distills and reflects the cultural and social challenges of modern-day Turkey. In this, the first comprehensive study of the cinema of Turkey to be published in English, acclaimed film scholar Gonul Donmez-Colin examines the way that national cinema reveals the Turkish quest for a modern identity." "Marked by continually shifting ethnic demographics, politics and geographical borders, Turkish society strives to reconcile modern attitudes with traditional morals and centuries-old customs. Donmez-Colin examines how contemporary Turkish filmmakers, working in Turkey and abroad, address these conflicting values in their cinematic works. Turkish Cinema looks at how these films confront taboo subjects such as homosexuality, incest and honour killings, issues that have only recently become viable subjects of discussion for the new generation of Turkish citizens. Many Turkish films revolve around ideas of migration and exile and give voice to previously subsumed 'denied identities', such as those of the Kurds." An extensively researched and thought-provoking book, Turkish Cinema will be invaluable for scholars of Middle East studies and cinephiles alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901861893702
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 In Search of Identity 22

2 Migration, Dis/Misplacement and Exile 57

3 Denied Identities 89

4 Yilmaz Guney 116

5 Gender, Sexuality and Morals in Transition 142

6 A Modern Identity or Identity in a Modern World 180

Afterword 211

Film credits 225

References 241

Bibliography 253

Acknowledgements 259

Index 261

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