Past Not-So-Perfect: Ararat and Its Reception in Turkey

Koksal, O. 2014. Past Not-So-Perfect: Ararat and Its Reception in Turkey. Cinema Journal. 54 (1), pp. 45-64. doi:10.1353/cj.2014.0069

TitlePast Not-So-Perfect: Ararat and Its Reception in Turkey
AuthorsKoksal, O.
Abstract

When Atom Egoyan released his ninth feature film, Ararat (2002), it caused heated debates in Turkey and elsewhere as a result of its subject matter: the massacres of Ottoman Armenians between 1915 and 1918. This article looks at the problematic reception of Ararat in Turkey, examining not only the film itself but also the literature pro- duced on the subject by journalists, opinion leaders, and academics. It argues that the official discourse on the Armenian genocide in Turkey also shaped discussions about the film in that country.

KeywordsAtom Egoyan; Ararat; Armenian Genocide; Memory and Film
JournalCinema Journal
Journal citation54 (1), pp. 45-64
ISSN0009-7101
Year2014
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1353/cj.2014.0069
Publication dates
Published09 Nov 2014

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