N.Y. Film Academy Focuses on Turkish Film

A skin Dansi is a documentary movie which presents the life and poetry of well-know philosopher Mawlana Jelaladdin Rumi who lived in the 13th century in Anatolia.

The “Turkish Days in New York” festival is showcasing the Anatolian Civilizations, Turkic and Balkan cultures and traditions, and modern Turkey to all New Yorkers.

Although I have made several trips to Istanbul and find it at the top of my list of experiences, I have not until this week experienced Turkish film.   Have I been missing out!

The Movie Fest of Contemporary Turkish Movies began yesterday, Sept. 29 and runs through tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1.   Each night it will play from 7-10pm at the New York Film Academy at 14th Street on Union Square.

The festival is organized by the Turkish Cultural Center New York and supported by the Turkish-American Business Improvement & Development Council (TABID).

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Kelebek (Butterfly) is the first Turkish movie that looks at the
events leading up to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Last year, more than 25,000 people – most of whom were non-Turkish – visited the Festival at the Central Park in Manhattan.   New Yorkers tasted and enjoyed its famous Turkish cuisine.

Day 1 – Tues., Sept. 29: “The Dance of Love”
Askin Dansi (The Dance of Love) is a documentary movie which presents the life and poetry of well-know philosopher Mawlana Jelaladdin Rumi who lived in the 13th century in Anatolia.   The Dance of Love is a movie which moves you with its poetry, music & dance in Rumi’s words of tolerance and harmony: “Come, come again, whoever you are, come! Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come! Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times; Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.”- Rumi

Director: Kürşat Kızbaz.
Actors: Musfik Kenter, Turan Ozdemir, Selcuk Yontem.
Released: April 2008.

Day 2 – Wed., Sept. 30: “Butterfly”
Kelebek (Butterfly) is the first Turkish movie that looks at the events leading up to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The movie was shot in the United States, Afghanistan, Istanbul, and parts of southeastern Anatolia on a budget of $2M.

Director: Cihan Taskin.
Actors: Deniz Bolisik, Caner Cindoruk, Ghassan Massoud.
Released: May 2009.

Day 3 – Thurs., Oct. 1: “Revolution Cars”
Devrim Arabalari (Revolution Cars) tells of Turkey’s first attempt to manufacture its own indigenous cars, the inner and outer resistance to the idea.   The work reflects the atmosphere of early 1960’s when these 4-door passenger cars which were manufactured by 23 Turkish engineers within 130 days.

Director: Tolga Ornek.
Actors: Haluk Bilginer, Taner Birsel, Charles Carroll.
Released: October 2008.

After each movie, there will be discussion sessions with the directors and the actors.   Come and experience the best that Turkey has to offer!

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Devrim Arabalari (Revolution Cars) tells of Turkey’s first attempt
to manufacture its own indigenous cars in the early 1960’s.


The Turkish Cultural Center, located in New York’s Midtown is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Turkish culture and language in New York and the United States.

The Turkish Cultural Center strengthens the cultural and educational ties between the peoples of the United States and Turkiye by placing special emphasis on dialogue, peace and environmental issues.

Their aim to make a significant contribution to national and global peace and security by sharing Turkiye’s heritage of tolerance and understanding.

The departments of the Turkish Cultural Center organize educational and cultural activities such as the Annual Turkish Festivals, the Annual Friendship Dinners, International Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Workshops, Book Discussions, Turkish Film Week, Art exhibits, Concerts, Movie Screenings, Award Ceremonies, and informational programs about Turkiye and Turkish Culture.

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Indian Film Director to Open Orphanage

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