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Turkey: Two mayors ban Kurdish director’s film

27 February 2017

 

Two Turkish mayors have imposed bans on Kurdish director Mahsun Kırmızıgül’s latest film  ‘Vezir Parmağı’ because they say it “undermines values”.
Photo: Section of ‘Vezir Parmağı’ film poster

 

Two Turkish mayors have imposed bans on Kurdish director Mahsun Kırmızıgül’s latest film  ‘Vezir Parmağı’ because they say it “undermines national and spiritual values” and the is considered to be a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “sympathiser”, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 2 February 2017.

Anamur district mayor Mehmet Ture said he wouldn’t let a film by a “PKK sympathiser” be screened in his district.

“As long as I am around, a film like ‘Vezir Parmağı’ or something similar by someone like Mahsun Kırmızıgül will never hit the screens within the boundaries of Anamur,” Ture said. “It is impossible for artists like Mahsun Kırmızıgül, artists who sympathise with the PKK, to interact with the public in Anamur.”

Government officials and pro-government media began labelling the director as a PKK sympathiser in 2015 after he posted a series of critical tweets during fighting between government forces and PKK units in Diyarbakir’s Sur district, where the director is from.

Develi mayor Mehmet Cabbar said the film would “absolutely not be screened in cinema theatres” in the municipality, reported Middle East Eye on 31 January2017.

“The trailers of this film, which are being shown in the media, are contrary to our national spiritual values and contain scenes that literally make fun of our ancestors,” Cabbar said.

Kırmızıgül’s film tells the story of a village in Ottoman times where the men of the village disappeared and never returned. After nearly two decades the women in the village need help to start a new life and the vizier, a high official in Ottoman times, decides to send five men of different ethnic origins to the village. While the five men take to the road toward the village, the women await their arrival.

 

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