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Orientalism in Polish Cinema

December 5, 2014 – December 26, 2014
Tickets can be purchased from Biletix.

The Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

As part of the cultural programme celebrating the 600th anniversary of Turkish–Polish diplomatic relations, Pera Museum is hosting a number of film events that showcase different sectors of Polish cinema.

Although Orientalism was prominent in Polish visual arts, Polish cinema until recently generally ignored Middle Eastern and East Asian cultures. But recent events related to Middle Eastern movements have changed this. As part of this programme, three biographical films present a fresh look into the notion of the East: the excellent Papusza (2013) tells the story of the Romany poet Bronisława Wajs; Daas (2011) is about Jakub Frank, a Jewish religious leader who claimed to be the reincarnation of the messiah Sabbatai Zevi; and The Master (2006) explores the influence of Asian spirituality and Eastern religions, with references to the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.

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