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babelmed - 09/03/2010
Interview 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.
Turkish Roma musician Kerem Alar, is one of 100 persons from 95 countries whose stories are told in the photo-book "The Other Hundred", an alternative to the much famous "top 100" lists.
A corruption investigation involving sons of ministers and high profile businessmen took thousands of Turks to the streets again. But the fact that the alleged corruptions came up as an act of vindication in a power fight between the government and a religious community that used to be its ally, leads to cautiousness.