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Grandeur and digressions of Turkish cinema
Grandeur and digressions of Turkish cinema | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanWe can now legitimately dare to hope beyond hope. Talk about the renaissance over the past few years has not been in vain. The revival of Turkish cinema is being consolidated and laying down roots. Even the most evil weeds thrive in this fertile soil. Everyman’s ambition has a place here: from the sincere to the perverse. The best and worse of Turkish films rub shoulders on the same screens. Surely this is a sign of vigour, if not of good health.
 
Onay Akbaş: «My heart is in two places, my country and Paris…»
Onay Akbaş: «My heart is in two places, my country and Paris…» | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanOnay Akba? was born in 1963 in a Turkish village on the Black Sea. He has been living in Paris for the last twenty years and his children were born there. He welcomes us in his atelier, a pleasant place near the François Mitterand Library, in a district in full renovation where various designers, painters and creators have chosen to live.
 
Istanbul, at once a whore and a fairy tale
Istanbul, at once a whore and a fairy tale | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanIn the Turkish film “Istanbul tales”, which is in competition at the MedfilmFestival of Rome, the city is both the protagonist and the narrator of the film. An interview with Screenwriter and Director Ümit Ünal on his fascination with this city, the difficulty of this exercise in style” and why Istanbul is both a beautiful woman and a whore...
 
Mobility of artworks instead of artists
Mobility of artworks instead of artists | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanFanzines from various countries, in which people expressed themselves were gathered in the exhibition "even my mom can make a book". The exhibition is taking place in Kuledibi, a district in Istanbul considered to be at the crossroads of cultures.
 
Director Neco Celik : “The word integration is like a bar of soap”
Director Neco Celik : “The word integration is like a bar of soap” | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanGettopump, Urban Guerillas, Black Virgins: these are the names of some of the film and theatre projects of Neco Celik, a German director of Turkish descent. The FAZ am Sonntag newspaper dubbed him the German Spike Lee...
 
Interview with Ayşe Börhürler, journalist, “Islamist” documentary filmmaker
Interview with Ayşe Börhürler, journalist, “Islamist” documentary filmmaker | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThis interview deals with a series of documentary films on Muslim women in thirteen countries, created by a Turkish filmmaker who is herself a practicing Muslim. Ay?e Böhürler, born in 1963, is a journalist by training. She works for Kanal 7, one of the biggest private television channels in Turkey, and she makes documentary films.
 
Interview with film director and critic Engin Ayça
Interview with film director and critic Engin Ayça | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanInterview with film director and critic Engin Ayça Engin Ayça greets us in his flat, a welcoming home with a view on the Galata tower on one side, and the Golden Horn on the other. The walls are covered with drawings, paintings, photos and caricatures; the polished furniture and the cats dozing on the sofas are in tune with the old-fashioned atmosphere of this place, and with the warm hospitality he offers to guests. Engin’s good-nature is mitigated by his long white patriarchal beard. “For a long time I felt I was a complete European”, he reveals while pouring some delicious wine in our glasses.
 
Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600 - 1600
Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600 - 1600 | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterranean22 January—12 April 2005, London, Royal Academy This landmark exhibition explores the artistic and cultural riches of the Turks from Inner Asia to Istanbul and beyond. Spanning a period of a thousand years, from 600 to 1600 AD, a rich array of textiles, manuscripts, calligraphy, woodwork, metalwork and ceramics reveals the artistic diversity that culminated in the splendours of the Ottoman Empire. The exhibition brings together over 350 outstanding works, drawn primarily from the celebrated collections of the Topkap? Saray Museum and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art of Istanbul, including numerous works which have never been exhibited outside Turkey.
 
A Congolese in Istanbul Rebels Against Life Through His Songs
A Congolese in Istanbul Rebels Against Life Through His Songs | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanReggae artist Enzo Ikah, who rebels against wars and injustices with his music, is becoming the voice of peace and love in Turkey, a country rapidly becoming more multicultural due to immigration.
 
Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch
Nabil Bekkani   

Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterranean

In Morocco, the film Much Loved raised a heated debate. Not limited to simple condemnations or requests to ban its screenings. The film was discussed in the parliament and there were calls for the execution of its director, as well as the actress who played the main character, Loubna Abidar.(Ebticar/Arablog)

 

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