İnsan Manzaraları – Menschenlandschaften – Human Landscapes

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Marshall Building Room 490 845 N. Park Tucson, Arizona 84721

The Department of German Studies and The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Co-Sponsoring the screening of “Human Landscapes: Portraits of Six Turkish Authors” by award-winning filmmaker Osman Okkan.

From Nâzım Hikmet, Yaşar Kemal, Aslı Erdoğan to Murathan Mungan, Orhan Pamuk, and Elif Şafak, the documentary goes beyond an exploration of each writers work, but contextualizes it in Turkey’s political landscape and raising questions about political development, human and minority rights, religious freedom, and the freedom of speech. Osman Okkan makes it possible for the audience to grasp and get introduced to an intellectual discourse which goes on in Turkey, but might not be known much outside the country. The documentary provides an image of Turkey full of nuances and is therefore particularly important in connection of a fruitful intercultural discourse between Turkey and Germany.