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Fetih 1453: Istanbul, not Constantinople!

Fetih 1453, a movie directed by Faruk Aksoy.

A historical drama about the Turkish conquest of Constantinople was one of the most successful movies of the year in Turkey. For Zaman’s critic, a film burdened by inverted orientalist stereotypes about the west, and bearing a message of tolerance that rings false.

Faruk Aksoy's latest film, Fetih 1453 ("The 1453 Conquest") is a real conundrum. Should we embrace it because it is a major historical action drama and a $17 million production filmed in Turkey by fellow Turks?