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“Migration is the big topic in every corner of the world” – director Serkan Nihat on his powerful debut feature film Exodus

Serkan Nihat’s directorial debut film Exodus has won the Best Drama Feature 2024 award at this year’s London Independent Film Festival (LIFF). Set in Turkiye, the hard hitting migration drama received a standing ovation when it premiered at the festival earlier this month. Inspired by the global refugee crisis, Exodus homes in on two Turkish […]

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Serkan Nihat’s debut feature film Exodus to open the London Independent Film Festival

Exodus, the debut feature film of a British Turkish Cypriot director Serkan Nihat, will open this year’s London Independent Film Festival (LIFF). The festival specialises in promoting “first- and second-time filmmakers telling amazing stories with limited budgets”. The festival opening gala and screening will take place at the multi award-winning Genesis Cinema in East London […]

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Brighton and Hove Amnesty group to screen The Decree and discuss the impact of the 2016 Turkish coup attempt

An attempted coup in Turkiye on 15 July 2016 resulted in huge repercussions for thousands of ordinary civilians in the country who suddenly found themselves targeted. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued an emergency decree in the wake of the failed coup resulted in over 160,000 public sector workers and civil servants being instantly fired […]

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Zeki Demirkubuz’s ‘Hayat’ wins Best Film at Turkiye-Germany Film Festival 2024

The 28th edition of the Turkiye-Germany Film Festival has just concluded, with this year’s big prize going to Zeki Demirkubuz’s film Hayat [Life], which won Best Feature Film. Demirkubuz, who wrote, produced and directed the film, also won the Grand Jury Prize. His film Hayat is a hard-hitting drama set in contemporary Turkiye that centres […]

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New documentary The Divided Island revisits the Cyprus Conflict ahead of the 50th anniversary of the 1974 War

A British Turkish Cypriot film director has set out to do what has rarely been done before: to produce a balanced and comprehensive account of the Cyprus conflict. Arriving in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the 1974 War, Cey Sesigüzel’s new 90-minute film The Divided Island uses archive footage, expert commentary, and testimony from […]

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Turkish film ‘Ocak’ / Stove one of four short films to be screened at Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery

This Thursday, East London’s renowned William Morris Gallery will host an evening showcase of four short films by independent filmmakers exploring the natural world, including two shot in the local borough of Waltham Forest. These four distinct stories each explore the themes of the natural world as a space for artistic inspiration, spiritual connection, and […]

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London talk on ‘The Coming of Cinema to Istanbul’ sells out!

Tickets to a talk by film historian Professor Nezih Erdoğan about when moving pictures first came to Istanbul have all been snapped up! The talk, which is being organised in collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute London, will take place at Birkbeck Cinema in central London on Thursday, 26 January. Professor Erdoğan, who is a […]

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New film Atatürk 1881-1919 showing at Cineworld cinemas in North London

A new historic biopic about the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has hit the silver screen this autumn. Starring Aras Bulut İynemli in the lead role, Mehmet Ada Öztekin’s film focuses on the years 1881 to 1919 and includes many bloody battle scenes. The film, which is in Turkish, starts with Atatürk’s childhood. Born in […]