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"The documentary brings us personal stories of women who followed in the footsteps of their heroines to fight for their rights, and to ultimately break free of oppressed lives."


Wildly popular at home, Turkish soap operas have taken the world by storm with over 300 million viewers in 80 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans, and Asia. With unprecedented access, KISMET delves into this phenomenon, weaving together excerpts from the major shows including interviews with their talent and the writers, producers and directors behind the scenes-primarily made up of women-and portraits of the everyday viewers in Turkey, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, and Greece. 

Exploring how the serials captivate, inspire and empower women, the film reveals how the soaps impact and break down negative stereotypes and traditional taboos. The soaps openly discuss rape, sexual and domestic violence, child and arranged marriages, and honor killings while also sparking change in gender relationships, activism against sexual abuse, and a wave of divorce across the Middle East. Invaluable for studies in media and popular culture, KISMET discloses how profoundly Turkish soaps penetrate viewers' social and religious realities while empowering and helping women to transform their lives and strengthen the debate about women's rights across the region.
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To celebrate this new release, WMM is offering a 50% discount off the related collection MUSLIM: The Changing Face of Muslim Women when you purchase KISMET at list price! Choose from this powerful group of films that enlighten and challenge misconceptions of women in Muslim culture. Use promo code KISMETE14 to apply your discount. 

Can Islamic values co-exist with full equality for women? This film examines this timely issue through portraits of three women pursuing life paths and careers of their own choosing in present-day Turkey. 

Veiled and unveiled women explore relationships between Islam and secularism in present-day Turkey, where millions of women, many of them educated and urban, wear the headscarf or hijab. 

As it unveils the issues that confront working-class Muslim women in societies now undergoing profound change, this film reveals that the camera becomes a liberating force. 

In this revealing documentary five extraordinary women talk about their occupations, aspirations, and the rights and status of women in their Muslim countries. 

An inspiring resource for courses on contemporary Muslim and Islamic studies,this portrait of an unlikely artist shows us that true talent will refuse to be stifled and you don't need an education to channel your emotions into art. 

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