(PRWEB) February 3, 2006
Today, COUP, a documentary film about the 1960, 1971, 1980, and 1997 military interventions and coups d'etat in Turkey, was released on DVD. The film has been digitally remastered and is in Turkish with English subtitles.
COUP features amazing, never-before-seen photos, documents, audio clips, and film footage from news services and personal archives from the 1910’s to present. The filmmakers have brought together for the first time politicians from all sides of the political spectrum, several of whom have never before spoken on film about their experiences. The film’s interview subjects include current and former National Ministers and Members of Parliament; authors of the Turkish Constitution; military officers; intelligence agents; publishers; extremist activists; former death-row prisoners; and scholars.
The viewer is treated to an unforgettable direct visual experience of the devastating impact of the collision between state and military authority and extreme civil activism. The documentary is unique in that it contains not one word of voice-over narration nor one frame of simulated footage. It also contains some of the last footage of Member of Parliament Ahmet Taner Kislali, who was killed by a car bomb weeks after filming.
About the Filmmakers:
Elif Savas Felsen is a 35-year-old filmmaker and columnist for several Turkish magazines. She has worked on several full-length features as cinematographer, and this is her directorial debut. Prior to her film work, she was a soloist with the Istanbul State Opera and a prize-winning opera singer in America.
Brian Felsen is a 37-year-old filmmaker and composer who creates classical music, plays, films, and art exhibitions about consciousness and topics in philosophy of mind. While living in Turkey, he composed his first opera and made the film COUP.
Elif Savas Felsen
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