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A feature film about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots... See full summary »

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Caner Alper (as M. Caner Alper), Mehmet Binay

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Caner Alper
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerem Can ... Can
Giovanni Arvaneh Giovanni Arvaneh ... Daniel Bert
Erkan Avci ... Ahmet
Tilbe Saran Tilbe Saran ... Sevgi
Rüçhan Çaliskur Rüçhan Çaliskur ... Kezban
Ünal Silver ... Yilmaz
Jale Arikan ... Sukran
Tolga Tekin ... Cihan
Esme Madra Esme Madra ... Hatice
Hülya Duyar Hülya Duyar ... Mujgan
Mehmet Bozdogan Mehmet Bozdogan ... Kerem
Aykut Kayacik Aykut Kayacik ... Zindan
Yvonne Rosenbaum Yvonne Rosenbaum ... Emmanuella
Bulut Reyhan Bulut Reyhan ... Cavit
Ihsan Goren Ihsan Goren ... Military Jury #1
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A feature film about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots of love and support from his family, and Ahmet born to an eastern and conservative family whose quest for honesty and liberty results in a tragic end. ZENNE Dancer is inspired by true stories. Written by M.Caner Alper

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Honesty may kill you.


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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish | German | English

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Trbušni plesač See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

€1,200,000 (estimated)
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CAM Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Daniel Bert: Why can't you be honest and tell the truth to your parents? Honesty is the easiest.
Ahmet: [crying] You don't understand. Honesty will kill me.
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Unique, Controversial, and Chilling
11 February 2018 | by drtoddsSee all my reviews

Zenne Dancer" (Turkey 2012) A controversial film in it's homeland, this is a dramatization of the real-life "honor killing" of an Istanbul student by his family after they discovered he was gay. The tragedy centers around a trio of unlikely friends: Can (an openly gay Zenne Dancer (male belly dancer mixed with drag queen) who is in hiding to avoid Military Service to his country; Ahmet (aforementioned student, born to an eastern and very conservative family, studying in Istanbul and coming to terms with his Truth); and Daniel (a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values and lifestyle). My biggest critique is that the film is a bit disjointed in it's storytelling and thus a challenge to follow....but it eventually does an excellent job of developing each of these three very different characters. Each has a different background and therefore a different outlook on life. Daniel's Western sensibilites eventually lead him to encourage Can and Ahmet to make some very dangerous choices...leaving him with the weight of guilt in the aftermath. Perhaps the most telling exchange in the film occurs between Daniel and Ahmet (after they have fallen in love) -- Daniel: Why can't you be honest and tell the truth to your parents? Honesty is the easiest. Ahmet: (crying) You don't understand. Honesty will kill me. Given our current climate in the US of an increasingly powerful polictical arm of an extreme form of Fundamentalist Christianity -- we should take heed and learn a lesson from our Brothers in the East.


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