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Mertkan has a simple life in Istanbul: 'working' as an office-boy in his dad's construction company, hanging out with his male friends in malls and discos, cruising with his dad's 4-wheel drive at night. There is no urgency for him to find a meaning to this emptiness. When he meets Gul, a Kurdish girl from Eastern Turkey, putting herself through university by working as a waitress, Mertkan has a chance to change the futility of his life. But his father opposes his connection with 'those people who only want to divide our country' and reminds Mertkan that 'we are all Turkish and we are all Muslims'. Insidiously Mertkan bows to the social values of the 'Majority' when faced with a choice, and becomes the 'proper man' his dad wanted him to be. Written by
I am so sorry because of seeing that film. It was totally unrealistic and it was a terrible representation of Turkish family composition and Turkish society. It is true that Kurdish people in Turkish society can be discriminated in some ways. However, there is another side of the coin, there are many places in Turkey in which Kurds and Turks live peacefully, they are friends, they are neighbors... In addition to the message of the film about discrimination to Kurdish people, it was an unrealistic representation of Turkish family. This kind of family cannot be and shouldn't be generalized to all Turkish families, even it is not a good representation of mid-upper class families. There is a great change in Turkish family composition from past to today. So this film doesn't account the change in the society. From my perspective, this film is just a snap shot of a minority in Turkey in terms of family and style of living. There is a much bigger picture when you look from backstage to Turkish life. And the filmmaker either fails to capture that bigger picture or prefers to look at from a micro perspective on purpose. Result is a really bad representation of Turkey unfortunately. I do support that there must be films about discrimination in Turkey. However, being realistic is the most essential part of making a film with social messages. Instead of having films that perpetuate hate within a society, I really wish to see films that give peace messages at the end even though it gives a real picture of discrimination.
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