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Dr Eylem Atakav

Entries by Dr Eylem Atakav

Wadjda: A Girl Who Changes the World on Her Bicycle

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 1:58 PM

The first ever feature film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, where there are no cinemas and public spaces are segregated according to gender, is written and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour. The film tells the story of Wadjda, a rebellious 10-year-old girl, who enters a Koran-reading...

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'Imagine Someone Who Lives With a Secret Her Entire Life': Violence, 'Honour', Rape and Women In Film

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Duma (Dolls) is an extremely powerful documentary by Abeer Zeibak Haddad. It is regarded as the first ever film to focus on and shed light to violence against and sexual assault of women in Palestine.

Haddad's first attempt to expose this issue is a puppet theatre show she created...

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'The Entire World is Nothing More Than a Fairy Tale' The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 4:59 PM

I have recently watched the Klezmatics: On Holy Groundye documentary once again with joy and although I generally do not write on music and film, I was so moved by it I wanted to write a blog piece. As Joshua Nelson says in the film, the Klezmatics' music is 'the...

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'Once is a Shag; Twice is a Relationship and Three Times I Better Marry the Guy!'

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Whenever I try to write an academic piece on feminism in Turkey or the women of Turkey I remember the image of the women on top of the tractors, with their hand-woven beautiful headscarves, baggy trousers, and the cracks in their hands for having worked hours and sometimes days in...

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On Women, Islam and Media: A New Teaching, Learning and Thinking Experience

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 4:41 PM

Women, Islam and Media, UEA's new final year degree module, has received a lot of media attention and for this reason I decided to write this blog and to provide a summary of what has been said and done over the last few weeks. Some may read this...

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Virginity Tests Between Life and Death?

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Forced 'virginity tests' on female detainees were ruled illegal in Egypt after Samira Ibrahim's fight for justice ended with success at a court in Cairo. According to news reports Ibrahim, who was humiliated and tortured by the military, faced death threats for raising the issue, celebrated justice as she stated:...

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A Dark Christmas on EastEnders: An Episode That Will Shock the Life Out of You!

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 6:00 PM

The BBC has premiered an 'explosive' EastEnders Christmas trailer online which promises fire, explosions and fights between life and death for Albert Square residents. Nina Wadia, who plays Zainab, has said that the Christmas script "shocked the life out of her".

Over the last year one of the most...

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