Turkey sits at a cultural and geographic crossroads where the Eastern and Western worlds meet. Historically a devoutly Muslim country, Turkey — from the volatile eastern Kurdish region near the Iraqi border, to the industrial central region of Anatolia, to the world-class city of Istanbul — is today anything but homogeneous. As it enters what may be the final chapter in its 40-year quest to join the European Union, Turkey remains a country many Westerners still struggle to understand. In this documentary, Christopher Caldwell examines the issues facing Turkish society in the new millennium, and gives his perspective on a country at a key turning point in its history.
This event is free and open to the public. It is being hosted as part of the Global Cinema of the Middle East Film Series and the Ackland Film Forum.
For more information, please contact Regina Higgins, outreach director, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.