"> Name: Turkish political party threatens movie theaters

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumFilm Video

Artist: Atom Egoyan

Confronting Bodies: Turkish National Action Party, and other Turkish nationalists.

Date of Action: January 2004

Specific Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Description of Artwork: The film, "Ararat," depicts a massacre that took place in 1915, when Turkish nationalists violently drove Armenians from the Anatolia region of Turkey. The events of these massacres have been a taboo subject in Turkish discourse.

Description of Incident: "Ararat" is scheduled to premier in Turkish theaters, however, it is feared that the dramatic telling of these events will provoke hostility among Turkish nationalists who do not want to acknowledge Turkish crimes against humanity. The National Action Party has declared that they would take violent action against any theater that shows the film.

Results of Incident: The film's distributor has postponed the screening of the film in response to the threat of violence. Turkey's Minister of Culture and Tourism has exalted the government's approval of the film as a great step toward democracy and free speech in the country, but fears it will precipitate nationalist hostility.

Source: The New York Times

Submitted By: NCAC

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