Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging

Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging

by Gonul Donmez-Colin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1861893701

ISBN-13: 9781861893703

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

Films often act as a prism that refracts the issues facing a nation, and Turkish cinema in particular serves to encapsulate the cultural and social turmoil of modern-day Turkey. Acclaimed film scholar Gönül Dönmez-Colin examines here the way that national cinema reveals the Turkish quest for a modern identity.
Marked by continually shifting ethnic

Overview

Films often act as a prism that refracts the issues facing a nation, and Turkish cinema in particular serves to encapsulate the cultural and social turmoil of modern-day Turkey. Acclaimed film scholar Gönül Dönmez-Colin examines here the way that national cinema reveals the Turkish quest for a modern identity.
Marked by continually shifting ethnic demographics, politics, and geographic borders, Turkish society struggles to reconcile modern attitudes with traditional morals and centuries-old customs. Dönmez-Colin examines how contemporary Turkish filmmakers address this struggle in their cinematic works, positing that their films revolve around ideas of migration and exile, and give voice to previously subsumed “denied identities” such as that of the Kurds. Turkish Cinema also crucially examines how these films confront taboo subjects such as homosexuality, incest, and honor killings, issues that have only become viable subjects of discussion in the new generation of Turkish citizens.
A deftly written and thought-provoking study, Turkish Cinema will be invaluable for scholars of Middle East studies and cinephiles alike.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861893703
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
 
1   In Search of Identity
 
2   Migration, Dis/Misplacement and Exile
 
3   Denied Identities
 
4   Yilmaz Güney
 
5   Gender, Sexuality and Morals in Transition
 
6   A Modern Identity or Identity in a Modern World
 
Afterword
Film credits
References
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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