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17 January 2007

Coming Soon to a theater near you: Broken Angel starring Nehir Erdogan

This project is starting to generate quite a buzz. Broken Angel, the upcoming film about a Turkish girl who immigrates to America, is a project which I hope the Turkish community of America will stand behind and support. Visit the website and become mesmerized.. As I learn more, I will post updates here. From a recent promotional e-mail I received:
Broken Angel, based on the novel, “Ruzgarli Sehir” by Chicago resident Tulay Pirlant, will star “Yabanci Damat’s” Nehir Erdogan and will be shot completely in Los Angeles in both Turkish and English. Director Aclan Bates-Buyukturkoglu is determined to revolutionize the Turkish film industry, not only in the acting and storytelling techniques, but also technically.


Sean said...

terrible news from Turkey:


Turkey's Most Prominent Armenian Hrant Dink Shot Dead

By Mark Bentley and Ayla Jean Yackley

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor who had received death threats from nationalists for questioning Turkey's denial of an Armenian genocide, was shot in the head and killed today.

Dink was assassinated by a gunman outside of the Istanbul office of his Agos newspaper, a spokeswoman for the publication said in a telephone interview.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the murder as an attack against the ``Turkish nation's togetherness and peace and Turkey's stability.'' Turkish stocks fell after the killing.

A Turkish court in July sentenced Dink to a sixth-month suspended prison term from ``insulting Turkishness'' for a 2004 article he wrote about the massacre of Armenians by Turks during World War I. The European Union has criticized Turkish laws that limit freedom of expression and says Turkey's denial of a genocide obstructs its membership bid.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said he was ``shocked and saddened'' by the killing and called Dink ``a campaigner for freedom of expression in Turkey.''

Dink had faced several court cases for articles that he wrote about the massacre of Armenians. The EU has called on Turkey to halt the prosecution of writers and journalists for expressing opinions, or face the suspension of its membership bid. Several Turkish journalists and intellectuals have been killed in the past for expressing controversial opinions. Many of those murders remain unsolved.

Nationalist Anger

Nationalists, many of whom strongly oppose Turkey's bid to join the EU, have been outraged by assertions that the killings were a genocide and accuse European countries that have recognized the killings as a genocide, like France and Italy, of trying to tarnish Turkey's honor.

Just before his death, Dink, 52, had complained of death threats he was receiving. Dink, editor of the country's main Armenian newspaper, was well known in Turkey and had repeatedly appeared on television and had addressed members of parliament at their invitation.

``My computer is laden with lines filled with angry threats,'' Dink wrote in a Jan. 10 article for Agos. He said he found one letter ``extremely worrying'' and said police took no action after he complained.

Police arrested two people in connection with Dink's death, NTV television reported. Police believe a male aged 18 or 19 may have killed him, CNN Turk television reported citing unidentified police officials.

Earlier Convictions

Dink was convicted last year after he wrote about the Turkish government's refusal to take responsibility for the massacre of Armenians. He denies that the remarks were insulting, saying that he was trying to bring Turks and Armenians closer together. Armenians say 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered in a planned genocide. Turkey says that number is inflated and Turks and Armenians were killed during ethnic clashes.

Akin Birdal, the former head of Turkey's Human Rights Association who was shot six times in 1998 in his office by a suspected nationalist, called the shooting ``an organized attempt by those who want to destroy Turkey's European Union aspirations to cast Turkey into darkness.''

Police in riot gear surrounded Dink's office in downtown Istanbul. Forensic teams were combing the pavement outside for clues to the murder.

Stocks fell as much as 1 percent in Istanbul following the attack after rising 1.4 percent earlier. They ended the day down 0.1 percent at 40,201.14.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Bentley in Ankara, Turkey on at Ayla Jean Yackley in Istanbul at .

Last Updated: January 19, 2007 12:23 EST

gurkan said...

Check out these movies by the Turkish-German director Fatih Akin:

Head On

In July

Crossing the Bridge(The Sounds of Istanbul)

You can find them on NetFlix as well as Blockbuster online.