Contemporary Southeastern Europe
Special Issue

The Status of Women as Subject in the Films of Contemporary Turkish Female Directors

  • Hasan Gürkan
This study focuses on how female characters are represented in the films of contemporary female directors in Turkey. In this study, the films of female directors Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Pelin Esmer, Ahu Öztürk, and Emine Emel Balcı are examined in the context of women’s cinema and feminist film reading. In this study, the films Tereddüt (“Clair-Obscur,” 2016), Gözetleme Kulesi (“Watchtower,” 2012), Toz Bezi (“Dust Cloth,” 2015), and Nefesim Kesilene Kadar (“Until I Lose My Breath,” 2015) are discussed using sociological film analysis. Unlike mainstream films, the female characters in the narratives of these films do not succeed even when they engage in a struggle for liberation. The female characters are imprisoned in the masculine ideology and find their salvation in relation to being with a man.