A new movie which is sheds light on the early life of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will go live on 3 March, 2017.
Following in the footsteps of former US President Lincoln, India’s Mahatma Gandhi, UK’s King George VI and many other public servants in the world’s history, Erdogan hopes this movie will familiarize people with his life story.
The movie which has already been released in Turkey, will be playing across big screens in Europe until 3 March when it’s scheduled to hit the theaters.
“Reid” (Leader) is directed by Hüdaverdi Yavuz, according to a local media outlet Star. It was filmed in Istanbul and also at various locations in Cyprus.
“The Leader” features a true story about the early years of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, from his childhood in a poor district in Istanbul to his rise as the city’s mayor.
Acoording to the film’s producers, “Reis” was played by a popular Turkish actor Reha Beyoğlu.
“The film will [portray] Erdogan’s childhood in the Kasımpasa district on the shores of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, his spell as Istanbul mayor from 1994-1998 and his imprisonment in 1999,” the country’s national news agency Anadolu Agency quotes producer Ali Avcı as saying at a press briefing earlier in the month.
The film’s makers used fourteen heavy trucks to transport their equipment and props from Istanbul to Cyprus.
Filming started in Trikomo more than a year ago. Producers got the cameras rolling in January 2016 at the village in northern Cyprus.
Media reports confirmed that Trikomo, the 1950 Kasimpasa neighborhood of Istanbul where Erdogan lived as a child, was completely transformed for the production of this movie.
The team worked for four months and spent another three months on post-production.
Özlem Balcı, a well-known Turkish actress featured as Erdogan’s wife Emine Erdogan.
“These days we see characters from global cinema like Spiderman and Superman, who have never lived, on the T-shirts of our children and sometimes in books,” said Avcı.
““But we have our own heroes who are alive! The process of this film began with the thought, ‘how did they become heroes?’
“Instead of seeing him as the president, people will see Erdoğan as a man who grew up in Kasımpaşa and lived in Istanbul,” Avcı added