ZENNE DANCER featured in ´Huffington Post´
An award-winning film partly inspired by Yildiz´s story, which opened in dozens of cinemas across Turkey last week, is putting the spotlight on gays in a Muslim country that is seeking European Union membership but remains influenced by conservative and religious values.
January 24, 2012
ZENNE DANCER covered by Reuters
We had the movie idea in mind right after our dear friend Ahmet was killed, said Caner Alper, writer and co-director of the movie. His story needed to be told. The case, widely believed to be Turkeys first gay honor killing, has inspired a movie Zenne, which opened on January 13 and explores gay sexual identity and prejudice in overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey.
January 20, 2012
Writer Elif Shafak on ZENNE DANCER in The Guardian
As a groundbreaking film launches, Turkish attitudes to gay and transgender people are slowly improving in the media at least.
January 18, 2012
CNN International about ZENNE DANCER
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) by Ivan Watson In colloquial Turkish, the word zenne means male belly dancer. It is also the title of a new film that explores sexual identity while also highlighting a deadly case of homophobia in modern-day Turkey.
January 13, 2012
´Zenne Dancer´ stirs controversy on taboo subject
The award-winning Turkish feature Zenne (Zenne Dancer) will hit screens in mid-January. For the handful of people that have seen advanced screenings of the movie, however, it is already promising to be yet another litmus test of mainstream Turkish attitudes toward a prominent taboo: homosexuality.
November 21, 2011