The book “History of Cinema Censorship in Turkey” prepared using the archives of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Copyright was presented.
Speaking at the promotional event at the Ministry’s historic building in Ulus, Director General of Copyright Ziya Taşkent explained the process of creating the book.
It states that the censorship decision books, which were the subject of the review and in which the censorship practices carried out in the years 1932-1988 were processed, were transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism about 30 years ago and are in the archives of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism The General Directorate of Copyrights, Taşkent, said that these books were digitized against physical wear and tear 9 years ago.
Taşkent explained that they aim to process this material in a way that sheds light on the history of Turkish cinema and they are collaborating with academics from Ankara University’s Faculty of Communications to examine the archive in a way it deserves.
Stressing that they wanted the censorship committees to determine the sensitive issues they focused on in their work and distribute them after years, Taşkent said, “In the end, a work emerged that makes no judgments, accusations, creates nothing of a bygone era, conveys everything factually and leaves the interpretation to the reader.”
Taşkent stated that the work was released in a certain number but made available electronically for anyone to access and stated that because they did not consider the book to be a promotional commodity, they did not rate the book and did not put it up for sale . Tashkent said:
“I find it very valuable for a government institution to show that confidence, to lift the rug from its edge and look at those being swept underneath and share it. In this way, the myths that arise from this mystery, because it has remained out of sight and unattainable for years, will end and, thanks to this work, will become concrete knowledge. I think that the work will be meaningful and useful not only for those who are interested in the history of cinema, but also for those who want to follow the social, cultural and political developments in Turkey during the Republic of Turkey period almost 100 years old.”
Serhat Dalgıç, head of the Documentation and Archives Department, said that in the archives of the General Directorate of Copyright there are 11,200 files and 26,000 decision documents on censorship in Turkish cinema.
Dalgıç expressed his belief that the work will be an important resource for the work to be done in the field of cinema in the coming periods.
A concert of Turkish classical music was presented at the event, which featured a short film on the history of censorship in Turkish cinema.
The book was written by Prof. DR. Semire Ruken Öztürk and Assoc. DR. After the panel at which Ali Karadoğan informed about the work, the “Movie Poster Exhibition from the Documentary and Material Archive of Film and Musical Works” of the General Directorate was opened.