Director: Nina Maria Paschalidou / Greece, Cyprus / 2013 / 57m / Languages: Turkish, Arabic, English, Greek, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian / Subtitle: English
Selection: 2014 Vera F, Tempo F, Planete Doc, One World FF, Istanbul FF, Sarajevo FF, Movies that Matter, Sofia IFF, Arabian F Days, Thessaloniki Doc F, Endeavours Doc F, Cinemazero CulturalAssociation, One World F, Ismailia FF, MOVE IT! FF, Bir Duino, Debate Forum of Femina, Cinedoc Tbilisi, Amnesty IFF, Mediteran FF, Divan FF, Dokufest, Lemessos I Doc F, Roma Fiction FF, DOKUart 2013 IDFA, IWFFIS Awards: 2014 PRIX EUROP Best European Intercultural TV Programme 2013 VIII Ahmed Attia at Medimed, IDFA Best Mid-Length Doc
Turkish soap operas have taken the world by storm, conquering the hearts of millions of viewers in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans and Asia. With unprecedented access to the industry’s most glamorous actors and creative talent, ‘Kismet’ unravels the secrets of this phenomenal success that transcends religion and culture. From the lavish production sets of the most popular Turkish soap operas, the film travels to streets and homes in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Athens, Sofia and Mostar, to discover how these taboo-breaking soaps are helping women across the region to claim their rights and transform their lives.