A Tribute to the Centennial of the Gallipoli

Gallipoli | Gelibolu | Tolga Ornek | Boston Turkish Film Festival

Gallipoli is unique in world history: it is not just a battle; it is also an epic tale of courage, self-sacrifice and stubborn endurance. It is also a story of enemies who displayed mutual respect during the battle and who became friends after it. No battle has forged such strong comradeship and everlasting peace in its aftermath. On the shores of Gallipoli in 1915, Australia and New Zealand became nations and Turkey embarked on its journey to become a republic from the ruins of an empire. The documentary revolves around few soldiers: Turks, Anzacs, and British. It traces their lives before, during, and after the war, but particularly during. The whole battle, its effects on world history, the general strategy and the leaders of both sides are portrayed around the personal stories of these ten soldiers.


Tolga Örnek was born in 1972. He studied metallurgical engineering at Istanbul Technical University.  Between 1994-1996 he earned an MA on materials science and engineering at the University of Florida, and in 1996 with a two-year master’s program in cinema and video at the American University in Washington, D.C. His filmography includes Atatürk (doc., 1998), Fenerbahçe (doc., 1999), Mount Nemrud: The Throne of the Gods (Tanrıların Tahtı: Nemrud, doc., 2000), The Hittites (Hititler, docu-drama, 2003), Gallipoli (Gelibolu, docu-drama, 2005), Cars of the Revolution (Devrim Arabaları, 2008), Losers Anonymous (Kaybedenler Kulübü, 2011), The Labyrinth (Labirent, 2012), Your Story (Senin Hikayen, 2013).

7:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Directed by
Tolga Örnek

Narrated by

Jeremy Irons with Sam Neill.

Doc. / 2005 / 119 min.
In English

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