Turkish Movie Nights

Turkish film series

As part of our growing Turkish Studies Program under the helm of Dr. Emrah Sahin, the Center is pleased to present a semester-long film series. Come and experience weekly films that demonstrate the ideals that some suspected had been buried in history books – dialogue, decency, and broad-mindedness. Enjoy classic and contemporary Turkish films hand-picked by UF faculty that illustrate the culture, customs and history of Turkey.

List of Films:

My Father and My Son
January 21st, 2016 at 5.10pm in Turlington Hall 2322

Babam ve Oğlum is a 2005 Turkish drama film written and directed by Çağan Irmak about Sadik, a rebellious youth who leaves the family farm in an Aegean village to become a journalist in Istanbul despite his father’s expectations of him becoming an agricultural engineer and taking over the farm one day. On the dawn of September 12, 1980, when a merciless military coup hits the country, Sadik and his wife cannot find access to any hospital or a doctor and his wife dies while giving birth to their only child, Deniz. After a long-lasting period of torture, trials, and jail time, Sadik returns to his village with 7 year old Deniz, knowing that it will be hard to correct things with his father.

The Blue-Eyed Giant
February 4th, 2016 at 5.10pm in Turlington Hall 2322

Mavi Gözlü Dev is a story of the great Turkish poet Nâzim Hikmet, the poet of struggle and combat, the poet of passion and love. Having adopted communism as his life philosophy, he reflects his thinking in his art, and is continuously chased by the police as a result. Every move he makes, every word he writes or says is under the close scrutiny of the state. During World War II, the poet Nâzim Hikmet is arrested once more because of his communist links and is sentenced to 28 years in jail. Throughout these dark years he manages to sustain his courage and passion by creating immortal works, imagining a world with freedom of thought.

Eyvah Eyvah 
February 11th, 2016 at 5.10pm in Turlington Hall 2322

in Eyvah Eyvah, Hüseyin is a young man living with his grandparents in a village in Turkey’s Thracian region. Two things are of great importance in Hüseyin’s life: his clarinet and his fiancée. One day Hüseyin decides to go to İstanbul to search for his real father and is forced to leave behind his beloved village and fiancée. In the big city, Hüseyin teams up with colorful and complicated lounge singer Firuzan and the two embark on a hilarious, action-filled adventure.

A Long Story
February 18th, 2016 at 5.10pm in Turlington Hall 2322

Uzun Hikâye follows a family of three across three decades as Father Ali fights injustice as his antiestablishment attitude gets him into constant trouble with the state authorities. Ali travels from on Anatolian town to the next to avoid charges of communism with his beautiful wife Münire and son Mustafa. As the family matures, Mustafa follows in his father’s footsteps and becomes a man of rebellion.

The Ottoman Republic
March 10th, 2016 at 5.10pm in Turlington Hall 2322

Osmanlı Cumhuriyeti is a comedy that asks and answers the question: “what would have happened if there was no Mustafa Kemal Atatürk?” It is the year 2007, there is no Atatürk in Turkey’s history, no war of independence, Ankara has not become the country’s capital and Turkey continues its existence as the Ottoman Republic, ruled by Sultan Osman VII, who has become little more than a figurehead and a source of ridicule by foreign dignitaries.

I Saw the Sun
March 17th, 2016 at 5.10pm in Turlington Hall 2322

In Günesi Gördüm, the Altun family is forced from its ancestral village after years of fighting. Haydar and Isa Altun relocate to Istanbul, where they decide to stay, but Davut Altun and his family set their sights further afield and travel on to Norway. Spanning a period of 25 years, the film recounts the experiences of the families as they struggle to find their feet in alien surroundings.

My Grandfather’s People
March 31st, 2016 at 5.10pm in Turlington Hall 2322

Directed by Çağan Irmak and inspired by his own childhood and family history, Dedemin İnsanları is an epic drama that focuses on the late 1970s and early ‘80s in Turkey while highlighting the personal memories of 1924 population exchange agreement between Turkey and Greece under the Lausanne Treaty that led to the emigration of about 2 million Turks from Greece.The film presents a welcome, warm family drama accompanied by a challenging, socio-political idealism that will push the general Turkish audiences to look at their past and future consciences.