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Propaganda (1999)

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Based on a true story set in 1948, customs officer Mehti is faced with the duty of formally setting up the border between Turkey and Syria, dividing his hometown. He is unaware of the pain ... See full summary »

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Kemal Sunal ...
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Filiz
Rafet El Roman ...
Adem
Ali Sunal ...
Meral Orhonsay ...
Sahane
Nazmiye Oral ...
Azamet
Müge Oruçkaptan ...
Nazmiye
Berfi Dicle ...
Melek
Kenan Baydemir ...
Hamdi
Nail Kirmizigül ...
Kopuk Yasar
Turgay Aydin ...
Cemil
Cem Safran ...
Abuzer
Zaven Cigdemoglu ...
Deli Selami (as Zaven Çigdemoglu)
Baycan Baybur ...
Komutan (as Babür Baycan)
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Based on a true story set in 1948, customs officer Mehti is faced with the duty of formally setting up the border between Turkey and Syria, dividing his hometown. He is unaware of the pain that will eminently unfold, as families, languages, cultures and lovers are both ripped apart and clash head on in a village once united. Written by Anonymous

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A funny yet true story about separation and bureaucracy, two thumbs up.
17 November 2003 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

PROPAGANDA is based on a true story that happened in Turkey in 1948. The newly appointed customs officer, Mehdi, comes back to his native village of Hislinisar with an order from Ankara to build a border to separate Turkey from it's Syrian enemies.

The only problem is that the village's only doctor, teacher and prostitute live on the other side, therefore in Syria. Despite this huge mistake, the civil servants blindly obey Ankara's orders without informing the villagers. Soon, the families from the other side, who used to coexist with the other villagers, can only enter Hislinisar with a passport that they can't get. Just like the Berlin Wall, these fences will separate friends, lovers and even sheep. Mehdi has to learn to enforce the law at the detriment of his marriage and friendships.

This movie is hilarious. The ways that Mehdi and the villagers deal with this new border are really funny even though the impact it ultimately has on them is really sad. Overall it's a really refreshing movie.

I gave it a 9/10. I saw it in Turkish with french subtitles. If you ever get a chance to see this great Sinan Cetin film, please do so, it's worth it!


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