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New Film Sheds Light on Plight of Gays, 'Honor Killing' in Turkey: VIDEO


Many of you may recall that in 2008 I wrote about Ahmet Yildiz, a 26-year-old gay man who lived proudly and openly in Istanbul, and was shot to death leaving a cafe near the Bosphorus Strait.

YildizYildiz was the victim of an 'honor killing' by his family, and now his friends have made a film about it which is opening in Turkey, CNN reports:

Court records identify Yildiz's father, Yahya, as the primary suspect in the killing. The father's motive, according to a copy of the indictment, was that he "did not accept the victim to be in a gay relationship." More than three years after the slaying, Yildiz's father is a fugitive, still wanted by Turkish police. The death has since been widely referred to as Turkey's first gay honor killing. One of the main characters in "Zenne" is based on Ahmet Yildiz and his tragic story.

Caner Alper, the writer and other co-director of "Zenne," was also a friend of Yildiz's. Alper said before he died, Yildiz often spoke about receiving death threats from his family, who were trying to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Court documents show Yildiz reported these death threats to the Turkish authorities.

The filmmakers hope to shed light on anti-gay hate crimes. Mehmet Binay, the producer, and Alper are a couple of 14 years.

Watch CNN's report on the film and the film's trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's the film's trailer:

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  1. Gotta love those family values: "Oh, you can tell us anything, son, except that you're a big ol' 'mo. We'll kill you in that case."

    Posted by: justinw | Jan 13, 2012 8:07:38 AM

  2. Welcome to ===

    Posted by: DSFDAS | Jan 13, 2012 8:23:49 AM

  3. I may very well be in the minority when I post this comment, but here it goes: Just as we GLBT folk have been shamed for being ourselves, I hope this film, in some way, turns the tables on those in society who would shame us.

    Posted by: Carlos | Jan 13, 2012 4:41:40 PM

  4. If you want to know how backward Islam is, check out this story. It takes place in Turkey, the muslim nation freest from the stagnating influence of Islamic dogma.

    Posted by: jack | Jan 14, 2012 12:57:00 AM

  5. Can't wait to see it...& I'm in love with the bulge @ around 2:29.It's like BANG right in the kisser!:D

    Posted by: Myles Deep | Jan 15, 2012 3:13:46 AM

  6. @JACK

    I don't agree with you. During the Ottoman times Turkey had the most gay men in the world! Secondly, Turkey is not a Islamic country, how would you know what religion that particular family is? Lastly, even in America gay people can get shot. If you don't believe me then read this:

    Horrible things like this should never happen in any part of the world. Unfortunately, there will always be haters no matter what or who you are.

    Posted by: John | Feb 20, 2012 7:16:34 PM

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