Turkey: TV series on Erdogan an 'homage to Turkish hero'

Dedicated to youth and president's first years in politics

18 January, 17:23

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    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JANUARY 18 - A television series on the youth and first years of the political career of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the latest homage dedicated to the head of State in Turkey, producer Ali Avci has announced. He explained that filming of 'Reis' (chief) will begin this week in North Cyprus and that at the beginning of March the series will be broadcast on national television.

    Reha Beyoglu will have the role of the president as an adult while Ozlem Balci will be his wife Emine. Both are very well-known actors in the country. The television series, a very popular genre in Turkey, will tell the story of Erdogan's life, starting from his childhood in the low-income district of Kasimpasa in Istanbul, util his election as mayor in the city on the Bosphorus in 1994 and his arrest in 1999, when he was accused of attacking the secularity of the State.

    ''Nowadays, in cinema worldwide, we see characters like Spiderman and Superman but they don't exist'', the producer said. ''The production process of this film started with the idea: 'How did they become heroes?'. Instead of seeing him as a president, people will see Erdogan as a man''. (ANSAmed)

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