Conversation with Turkish filmmaker Can Canden on ‘Nuclear alla Turca’ documentary

Date / Time

January 23, 2019 - January 23, 2019

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ever since “the clouds of Chernobyl” passed above Turkey in 1986, political leaders have tried to deceive the public on the risks of radiation by proclaiming that radiation did not have any negative health effects. The amalgamation of the “alla turca-ness” and the absurdity of their statements — such as “a little bit of radiation is good for you,” “radioactive tea tastes better,” “radiation is good for the bones,” “the household propane tank in your kitchen is as risky as nuclear,” — along with stories about the nuclear history of Turkey since the 1930s, have given birth to this tragicomical documentary. In Nuclear alla Turca, we will hear these little-known stories from those who have had first-hand experiences, and as well as witnesses, experts, activists and politicians, among others.

The filmmaker’s aim is to bring this discussion forward into the public sphere, telling the untold and veiled nuclear history of Turkey.

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Co-sponsor: School of Art and Art History

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