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Hollywood Needs a Turkish Story

The Turkish image in Hollywood has revolved around movies with no artistic value but which were used to spread propaganda such as “Midnight Express”, directed by Oliver Stone, or “Laurence of Arabia” and “Ararat”. The Turkish characters are shown only when there is a need for an evil Middle Easterner in a scene or when a villain is needed for a fight scene with the main character.

Filling His Life with Music and His Music with Life

By Muge Mengu
Lovers of classical music will be familiar with the name Efe Baltacigil, a rare talent who, after astounding Yo Yo Ma with his mastery of cello, received an invitation to share the stage with music giants like Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman and Midori at Carnegie Hall, New York’s famous concert hall.

A Guitar Virtuoso

Ali Çınar – Connecticut
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This month we are in Milford, a town by the ocean. Every month we visit another part of the state of Connecticut, chasing a success story. Our guest in this issue is guitarist Cem Duruoz, who was awarded the Artists International Special Presentation Award at the New York Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Duruoz is the first Turkish artist to receive this award.

Blue Voyage to Dance

Mustafa Aykaç – Boston
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Founded in the fall of 2002, Mavi Dance has rapidly progressed to become a dynamic force in the Boston arts scene.  Its founder, H. Pinar Zengingonul, Ph.D, has long taken an interest in a wide range of folk dance styles, from those of her native Turkey to Irish, Russian, and many others.

Seeking a Sponsor for a Movie about the Real Turkey

Aram Gulyuz is a scenarist, director, and producer who has created many TV serials, movies and TV programs that have been watched by millions in Turkey. His first movie was Sensiz Yıllar (Years without You), which he shot in 1960. So far Gulyuz has directed 154 films, produced 42 others and written 25 scenarios.
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