South Africa’s Turkish Film Festival’s grand opening took place on Friday evening with the screening of the movie ‘Sivas’, a drama about a boy’s relationship with an injured Kangal sheepdog.
Another film to be screened is ‘Once Upon A Time in Anatolia’, which was directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan who was awarded with the Golden Palm award during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, a Turkish crime drama where a long night spent looking for a body in a central province of Turkey is played.
‘Egg’, ‘Love Likes Coincidences’ and ‘Yozgat Blues’ are among other films to be screened.
The festival is to be held in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg provinces.
“We welcome the fact that we have this Turkish Film Festival,” Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, former deputy minister for international relations, told Anadolu Agency at the opening in capital Pretoria.
“By having this festival it strengthens the understanding between two countries and two nations. We have good relations with Turkey.”
Turkish Ambassador Kaan Esener said the festival aimed to promote Turkish culture.
“It is so different, it opened my eyes to a different part of Turkey,” local Tuma Magonmgoa said.