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Friday, 28 January 2011

German film board prevents release of Turkish film


The release of Turkish film, “Kurtlar Vadisi: Filistin” (Valley of the Wolves: Palestine) has been halted in Germany because it allegedly features anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli overtones and was slated for release on Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

I’m all for artistic freedom but I have to agree with the German Movie Control Association or FSK because screening “Kurtlar Vadisi: Filistin” (Valley of the Wolves: Palestine) in Germany on International Holocaust Remembrance Day would have definitely rubbed people the wrong way.

The film which is a spinoff of big hit Turkey TV franchise, Valley of the Wolves features Turkey’s answer to James Bond, Polat Alemdar and reprises the raid on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship that was carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip last year when it was attacked by Israeli commandos, resulting in the deaths of eight Turks and one U.S. citizen of Turkish origin.

The film sees superhero Polat Alemdar sets out to hunt down the Israeli military commander who ordered the raid on the flotilla and avenge the killing of the eight Turks and one Turkish-American who died in the real-life attack.

So far there is no word on when the film will be released in Germany.

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