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Winner, Atlanta Film Festival
Short Documentary Jury Prize

About the Film

Filmmaker Therese Shechter headed to Turkey for a much-needed vacation. She also planned to interview young Turkish women for a documentary on feminism. Instead, she became fascinated with the men. And they were fascinated with her.

HOW I LEARNED TO SPEAK TURKISH chronicles one woman's obsession with Turkish men. Her attempts to understand their language, culture and psyche leads to a revealing exploration of cultural cliches, the 'exotic other' and the aphrodisiac effects of a potential US visa.

This film was developed and produced through the Artist Mentor Program of Film/Video Arts in New York.

Selected Screenings

New York Women in Film presents "Where Less is More"
Short Film screening series
Anthology Film Archives, New York

The Broad Humor Film Festival
Los Angeles CA

"Her Voice, Her View" Film Festival
 Shown with the Trixie Films documentary
"I Was A Teenage Feminist"  
Pioneer Theater, New York

Izmir Short Film Festival
Izmir, Turkey

Detmold, Germany

(Winner Short Doc Jury Prize)
"What's Up Doc?" shorts program
Fulton County Central Library, Atlanta GA

Contemporary Screening Series: FIVE SHORTS
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse NY

"COMMUNICATION: It's Not Always Easy"
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd St (right off Avenue A) NY

Feet in Mosque

Clip - Watch the trailer (Real Video/3.3MB)

Clip - Dancing at Cafe Vazgal (Quicktime/544K)

Clip - Hakan (Quicktime/144K)