Filmmaker Döndü Kilic explores an aspect of Turkish society largely neglected in the media with this examination of Istanbul's growing gay community. Two years before filming, twenty-eight year old Kurd Mehmet Tarhan was arrested and imprisoned for the crime of being a homosexual. Even after Tarhan served his time, his arrest warrant was still active, meaning that his civil liberties are still in constant danger. Twenty eight year old Güney isn't much better off. Though he strives to become a legitimate Oriental belly dancer, these days Güney earns his income by performing as a transvestite-for-hire at a seedy porn theater. Likewise, Mert arrived in Istanbul after his family discovered he was gay, and Bawer maintained the façade of heterosexuality for as long as possible. In the past, these men would have had to suffer in silence, but these days the gay community in Istanbul is becoming increasingly vocal about fighting for their rights from within a deeply homophobic environment.
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