Turkey and the West: Mutually Suspicious Perceptions in Film

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There have now been more than 150 popular Hollywood films that presented Turkey and the Turks as imagined in an Orientalist manner. That is, after more than sixty years of participating in Western democracy, having established a liberal market economy, and enjoying a functioning multi-party democratic political system, the image of Turkey in Hollywood is still emphatically Eastern, lustful, and barbaric Turk. Against that background the Turkish cinema's depiction of the westerner has been one that is cowardly clumsy enemy. This talk will look at the discourse of orientalism and Occidentalism Turkish and Hollywood cinemas feed upon and reflect to each other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalTurkish Area Studies Review
VolumeAutumn 2021
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 18 Oct 2021


  • cinema
  • film
  • orientalism
  • prejudice
  • racism
  • discrimination
  • Turkey


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