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Experiments in TurkishGerman film-making: Aye Polat, Kutlu Ataman, Neco elik, Aysun Bademsoy and Kanak Attak

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Although narrative entertainment film is the dominant mode of representation for portrayals of the experience of migration, this essay focuses on the works of film-makers who have worked in an experimental mode: Aye Polat, Neco elik, Kutlu Ataman, the Kanak-TV productions and Aysun Bademsoy. These film-makers produce work largely out of the experience of migration between Germany and Turkey. They incorporate lyrical poetic styles, explore expanded cinematic and installation work, undertake engage interventionist projects and provide new documents of vibrant cultural complexity.

Keywords: Aye Polat; Aysun Bademsoy; Kanak-TV; Kutlu Ataman; Neco elik; experimental film; interventionism; migrant cinema

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Pittsburgh.

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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