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Film Screening: “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” with Q&A

March 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The fourth film in the semester-long Documenting the Middle East Film Festival. “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” is a documentary from Turkey. A Q&A with Didem Havlioğlu will follow the screening.

The Turkish film industry “Yeşilçam” was both financially and structurally weak. But with the help of basically non-existing copyright law, Yeşilçam filmmakers started producing remakes of European, American, and Indian movies. But they did not simply remake the movies scene by scene, they were using the movies’ soundtracks or even special effect scenes. In its 100 years of existence Turkish cinema produced more than 7000 movies. With the arrival of television in the mid 70s and the strict neoliberal direction Turkish politics took up after the military coup in 1980, Yeşilçam’s demise began.

Cem Kaya grew up with Yeşilçam movies from Turkish video stores in Germany. His documentary illustrates the origin of copy culture of Turkish filmmakers, starting with Yeşilçam and leading into today’s television series. In Istanbul, he met with directing legends, producers, actors, and film scientists to capture a glace of the country’s tumultuous history of movie making. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off took 7 years in the making, during which Kaya watched thousands of movies and conducted about a hundred interviews.

Sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC), Screen/Society, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), AMES Presents, and Duke University Libraries. For more information, contact

Location: Richard White Auditorium, Duke East Campus


March 23, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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