A documentary film about the 1960, 1971, 1980, and 1997 military interventions and coups d'etat in Turkey




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Credited cast:
Turkan Akyol ...
Fmr. Minister of Health
Ishak Alaton ...
CEO, Alarko Holding
Orhan Aldikacti ...
Author of 1982 Constitution (as Dr. Orhan Aldikacti)
Oguzhan Asilturk ...
Fmr. aide to PM Erbakan
Toktamis Ates ...
Columnist, Cumhuriyet (as Dr. Toktamis Ates)
Muhsin Batur ...
Fmr. General, Turkish Air Force
Mehmet Ali Birand ...
Correspondent, Turk CNN
Oral Calislar ...
Editor, Cumhuriyet Newspaper
Husamettin Cindoruk ...
Fmr. Head of Parliament
Ilkay Demir ...
Member, ODP Party
Necmi Demir ...
Fmr. Member, ODP Party
Tevfik Diker ...
Member of Parliament
Sulhi Donmezer ...
Law Professor (as Dr. Sulhi Donmezer)
Mehmet Dulger ...
Fmr. Adviser to Turkish President
Orhan Eren ...
Fmr. Minister of Interior Affairs


Coup explores the causes and consequences of each coup d'etat and how they differ from those in the rest of the world, the origins of the militarily-patrolled democratic system created by Ataturk in the 1920's; the place of the armed forces in the life of the nation; and the future of the "military democracy." Coup contains not one word of voice-over narration or one frame of simulated footage. The film instead weaves interviews with extraordinary footage of the military actions, street demonstrations and extremist activisms. Written by Elif Savas <darbe@altavista.net>

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23 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Breakthrough documentary
16 September 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is such an antidote to the Ken Burns documentary which spoon-feeds the viewer with music and letters and simulated footage and does the thinking for the viewer. The filmmakers of Coup have told the stories of 4 different military coups which occurred for very different reasons, and not everyone agrees why - and they weave dozens of interviews together with people from the hard left to the far right, politicians and generals - and miraculously, a thread emerges, without any narrator. SEE THIS FILM if you want to learn about what's going on in this moderate Islamic republic, and if you want to see how great a documentary can really be.

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