Yörük Films: A Distinctive Case of Cinematic Practices in the Period of 1960-1980 in Çukurova
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Language tr
Subjects Art
Journal Section Features
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0002-0971-3379
Author: İlke ŞANLIER YÜKSEL

Orcid: 0000-0002-4168-3093
Author: Aydın ÇAM

Supporting Institution Çukurova Üniversitesi Bilimsel Araştırma Projeleri Koordinasyon Birimi
Thanks Bu çalışma, Çukurova Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi – Radyo, Televizyon ve Sinema Bölümü öğrencilerinden Hande Canbolat, Eren İlbuğa, Necati Öz, Elif Şimşek ve Yıldırım Yeniçeri’nin büyük katkılarıyla gerçekleştirilmiştir; kendilerine teşekkürü borç biliriz.
Dates Publication Date : October 30, 2019

Çukurova is a region where the increase in human mobility is due to radical transformations in settlement processes that began in the 17th century. Since then, the Yörüks, who have constituted an important part of the region’s population and practiced a nomadic way of life between Çukurova Plato and the Taurus Mountains, have been mostly settled, although they have tried to keep nomadism alive culturally. The demand for village-related and especially Yörük films in Çukurova is connected with this practice. Based on the approach known as New Cinema History, we interpret the films recalled by audiences in Taurus highland villages, using the findings of research that explored cinematic experiences of the 1960s to 1980s. Some of the films that participants remembered in their oral histories are based on Yörük myths and legends, and some others are based on the stories of writers who were born and raised in these villages. Thus, the narratives and narrative structures of these films are local. Furthermore, the production, distribution, and demonstration of these films are also local and distinctive, characterizing the epoch. Consistent with a local business model, these films met the local demand by featuring local elements and as a result are remembered for a long time.

Cinema history of Çukurova, Nomad (Yörük) films, regional film management model, travelling cinema, Taurus highland villages

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