Director Fatih Akın Threatened by Turkish Nationalists over Genocide Film

German-Turkish director Fatih Akin


ISTANBUL—An ultranationalist Turkish group has threatened renowned German-Turkish director Fatih Akın for his upcoming movie “The Cut,” which explores themes regarding the Armenian Genocide.

A magazine named Ötüken, the publication of the Turkish Turanist Association, has released an online statement, saying it would not allow the movie to be released in Turkey after it discovered that the German-Turkish director conducted an interview with the Armenian weekly Agos.

“We openly threaten Agos Newspaper, Armenian fascists and so-called intellectuals,” the message read. “That movie will not be released in a single movie theater in Turkey. We are following the developments with our white caps and Azerbaijani flags.”

The white cap is a clear reference to the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed in broad daylight in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007, as the hit-man, Ogün Samast, was wearing a white cap when he murdered the editor-in-chief of Agos.

In the new Akın movie, Tahar Rahim, a French actor of Algerian origin, plays an Armenian man living in Mardin, located in the southeastern part of Turkey, who survived the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and begins a journey that takes him to America in a search for his two daughters.

The Turkish ultranationalists have claimed that the movie was the “first step of several steps to make Turkey accept the so-called lie of the Armenian genocide,” a statement by the group read.

The movie is expected to be out in the fall.

In his interview with Agos, the 40-year-old filmmaker said he was preparing a movie on the life of Hrant Dink. However, Akın, best known for his movies depicting Germany’s cross-cultural lives, such as “Short Sharp Shock,” “Head-On” and “The Edge of Heaven,” said he failed to find a Turkish actor willing to depict the influential writer.

“I planned to shoot a movie about Hrant Dink after ‘Soul Kitchen’ [in 2009]. I wrote a scenario based on 12 articles by Hrant Dink, which were published in Agos. I don’t know whether it would have been a good movie. But I could not persuade any Turkish actor to perform as Hrant. They all found the situation too heavy [to handle]. Then I had to freeze the project,” he said. Hamburg-born Akın won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival with “Head-On” and the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival with “The Edge of Heaven.”

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8 Comments

  1. Jazmin said:

    those threatening turks are monsters. a true shame to turks, armenians, and all.

  2. Robert said:

    I give my highest respect to Fatih Akin for having the courage to make this film. Especially as an Armenians, we must do whatever we can to encourage and support such Turks of courage and talent.

  3. Areg said:

    What did you think the Turks would do? Oh yes, serve Fatih Akin with Turkish coffee! The Genocidal Turk is irritating.

  4. eastofwest said:

    This is the same Turkish society that is pointing fingers at its ally Israel accusing it of genocide. Hypocrites!

  5. Gayane said:

    I am proud to join Robert’s reply on behalf of the ARMENIAN nation!

  6. Greg Burton said:

    Once people connect the Armenian genocide with the other genocides, the Holocaust, the Boer War genocide, the Holodomor, Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, the Cristeros revolution in Mexico, that it was the same people, the same miscreant ideology, it’s all over for the Satanic oligarchy and their plan to elevate their religion, impose their New World Order on the planet.

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