Serif Yenen has recently produced a new travel documentary film on Istanbul: Istanbul Unveiled ↗. The film has won eight international festival awards so far. He has also started showing the film in different countries, at museums, embassies, clubs, and other venues. After showing the film to his audience, he is happily taking part in a Q & A session about Istanbul and Turkey. These events are becoming very popular and you might like to arrange one for your area.
His own words about ISTANBUL UNVEILED:
“During my professional life as a tourist guide in Turkey, one thing has become very clear: Visitors do not like to be called “tourists” nor do they want to be treated as tourists. The idea of being a tourist has come to connote being taken to pre-arranged events and to shops or locations where locals are well-experienced in dealing with foreigners, eliminating the possibility of spontaneity or sincere interaction with people. How can we change that?
Markets, restaurants, shows, and, of course, major sights and museums should not be missed by those visiting our country, but by taking them to local places that are off the beaten track, rather than the usual “tourist” destinations, we would be offering them a Cultural Interaction Program. They would have the opportunity to interact with a large cultural cross-section of local people, providing a much richer experience.
Within this perspective, as a writer and publisher of guidebooks about Turkey and Turkish culture, I am dedicating myself to the production of travel guides and documentaries about Turkey and Turkish culture. The content is ready: the know-how gathered from 25 years of tourist guiding experience in the field!
So “Istanbul Unveiled” is a documentary film that is part of a series, “Cultural Interactions”. Other parts of Turkey and Turkish culture will appear soon. Before we finished making this one, we had started others.”