The Turkey of Orhan Pamuk, Sema Kaygusuz, and Elif Shafak

Documentary - 52 minutes
The Turkey of Orhan Pamuk, Sema Kaygusuz, and Elif Shafak
Written by Mathilde Damoisel
Directed by Mathilde Damoisel
Director of Photography : Sébastien Saadoun
Sound: Alain Vernois
Editor: Jean-Baptiste Morin
Coproduced by Arte France
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Turkey is often noted for its duality. One foot set in Europe, the other set in Asia. Its roots are complex. Its identity is multiple.


Three Turkish writers, all three steeped in their history and their culture, and yet all three totally on the sidelines of the main debates about nation and identity. Three major Turkish writers raise their voices – free, vibrant, singular voices – about what it means to be Turkish today.


Orhan Pamuk received the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. His vast work spans centuries of Turkish history and heritage. He has a passionate love affair with Istanbul, a city he never stops writing about.


Sema Kaygusuz is a new figure on the literary scene. Her books teem with the Greek, Anatolian, and shamanistic reminiscences that feed the fires of the Turkish spirit.


Elif Shafak is the nation’s most popular writer. From one book to another, she weaves an original universe combining Asian magic and social realism. She questions divisions and taboos in Turkish society such as the nation’s conflictive memory of the Armenian genocide.


With them, through their demanding writings, their captivating tales, this documentary probes the historical legacy that has carved the lines and divisions in modern-day Turkey.