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Monday, October 04, 2010

Turkish movie to include scenes filmed on the Mavi Marmara

In February 2006, the most expensive film ever made in Turkey was released. It was called Valley of the Wolves and it included a “cinematic motif” which featured an American Jewish doctor dismembering Iraqis supposedly murdered by American soldiers in order to harvest their organs for Jewish markets. Prime Minister Erdogan not only failed to condemn the film, he justified its production and popularity.

Next month, a new film of the same genre was scheduled to be released. It has now been postponed to January. It is to be called Valley of the Wolves - Palestine, and it will feature scenes filmed aboard the Mavi Marmara (pictured), the Turkish ship on which nine terrorists died in May while attacking IDF troops.
The movie Valley of the Wolves - Palestine is a spinoff from the controversial but highly popular TV drama series Valley of the Wolves, which tells the story of a nationalist undercover agent assigned to kill state enemies.

The series sparked a diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel this year after one episode showed Israeli security forces kidnapping children and shooting old men.

This time, the hero Polat Alemdar and his team are given the task of hunting down the raid's military commander and planner, a fictional character called Mose Ben Eliezer, according to the film's website.

"Mose destroys villages, kills children and throws everyone who helps Polat into prison," it says.


In January, Ayalon summoned the Turkish ambassador to complain about Valley of the Wolves, forcing the envoy to sit on a low sofa. Turkey was outraged and demanded an apology.

Bilici said the crew was currently filming an enactment of the raid aboard the Mavi Marmara that shows activists performing early morning prayers when an Israeli helicopter approaches and soldiers rappel on board and shoot at them, Bilici said.

The movie's release is scheduled for January 28.
By the way, the Turks take this series rather seriously:
The Valley of the Wolves films and TV series are highly popular in Turkey but are also severely criticized for stocking nationalism and glorifying violence.

In the early years of the TV series, upset fans held a minute of silence in the memory of one of the heroes who was killed off. They had obituaries printed in newspaper expressing their grief, while a gang of angry youths beat up the actor who played his killer.
What could go wrong?


At 8:50 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

No one thinks much of Turkey's Islamist anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda.

The new movie is expected to be as incendiary as its predecessor.

What could go wrong indeed

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Muslimes, turning fantasy into reality: it works both ways!


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