After exhibited in cinema theater “Deliler Fatih’in Fermanı” on the 23rd of November in Turkey, Germany restricted the time of exhibition due to so-called excessive nationalism and unsuitable for youngsters. While the decision was met with a great reaction, the producer started legal action.
The film is about the rivalry between Romanian Prince 3. Vlad and Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the 15th century. Erkan Petekkaya, Cem Uçan, Kamil Guler, Nur Fettahoglu and Ismail Filiz are the main actors of the film, while Osman Kaya sits in the director’s chair.
In Germany, the film rating agency FSK (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft) brought the limitation of the age limit of +18 and midnight to a single session due to the fact that Deliler Fatih’s Fermanı was containing an extreme Turkish nationalism and had negative effects on the mental development on the youth.
Dr. Taner Dogan, professor of media and communication at the Ibn Haldun University, attended the Showcase program broadcasted in TRT World answered the questions about the decision of the FSK.
He also added “German film rating agency, which has not imposed similar restrictions on Hollywood movies such as Gladiator and The Schindler List containing violent scenes, applied double standards on it limiting freedom of expression.
Outlining the reasons behind the FSK’s decision Dr. Dogan said “the growing populism in Europe, Germany’s integration/assimilation policies and Turkey’s growing influence in the region results in this kind of decisions in recent years, especially in Germany.”
According to The Guardian’s report in last week, he noted that one in four Europeans supports the populist parties and raises the pressure on minorities in Europe.
In April 2018, the FSK issued restrictions on the Turkish movie Can Feda and Valley of the Wolves in 2011 for similar grounds.
You can access the entire interview from here: https://youtu.be/87_qYHGCTkQ?t=103