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The screenwriter of a newly released Turkish movie that features the story of the Mavi Marmara incident said on Wednesday that the ban of the movie in Germany is “illegal” and that the film will be screened in that country Friday.
The long-expected movie was slated to be released Friday in Germany but it was withdrawn after an authoritative German film association recommended that theaters in the country not show the movie, allegedly for containing anti-Israel propaganda and for coinciding with Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Bahadır Özdener said, while speaking after a première of the movie in İstanbul, that the movie will most probably be screened in Germany and that their lawyers are taking necessary steps in this regard.
"Kurtlar Vadisi Filistin" (Valley of the Wolves Palestine) is the latest release of the Panafilm movie company, which has the biggest budget in the Turkish cinema industry. The movie is featuring the lethal Israeli storming of the Mavi Marmara aid ship on May 31 last year that killed eight Turks and an American citizen.
An episode of the "Valley of the Wolves" TV show in 2009, which depicted Israeli intelligence agents as brutal, stirred tensions between Israel and Turkey. Panafilm then announced that they will make a movie related to Palestine even before the flotilla incident. Many observers have already predicted that the new movie might escalate already strained tension between Turkey and Israel.
Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gabby Levy told reporters in a meeting in Antalya on Wednesday before the movie was unveiled to public that the movie has "anti-Semitic features", after saying that he has not seen the movie.
He also added that he cannot fathom why the premiere of this movie is slated on a day that is “very important for his nation.”
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2005, marking Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Turkey's Jewish community commemorated Holocaust victims for first time today, with participation from Turkish government officials.
A leading actor in the movie, Necati Şaşmaz, said the movie absolutely does not encapsulate any anti-Semitic episodes and that they have respect for every nation, religion, race and minority.
“You will see this in our movie,” Şaşmaz added. Asked if he is really interested in the Palestinian problem or the movie is just for making money, Şaşmaz said the movie is produced based on faith of him and his friends, adding that they wanted to display the scream of oppression to the world.
Özdener said the movie will be screened all across Europe after they introduce it in Germany.
The screenwriter said several movie theaters have already said that they will screen the movie and that the German Voluntary Self-Regulation of the Movie Industry (FSK) has no right to ban it.
“No any regulatory association has any right to judge and make rulings on the movie,” he added. The Anatolia news agency reported late Thursday that the FSK had overruled its previous decision and allowed the screening of the movie.
Speaking about a possible crisis the movie might cause between Israel and Turkey, Özdener said there are many “unspoken sides of the relationship” between the two countries since 1948 and he said he hopes the movie will create an opportunity to discuss these things.
Turkish Palestine film to be screened in Germany
The screenwriter of a newly released Turkish movie that features the story of the Mavi Marmara incident said that the ban of the movie in Germany is "illegal".
World Bulletin / News Desk