Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

14th Annual Turkish Festival in Washington, DC

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

14th Annual Turkish Festival in Washington, DC

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September was Turkish Heritage Month in DC, supported by the Turkish Tourism and Culture Office, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and TD Bank. On Sept. 25 the American Turkish Association of Washington, DC held its 14th annual Turkish Festival. Traditional music, folk dance performances and Turkish culinary delights were in abundance during the daylong event, which drew a large crowd on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Turkish Heritage Month Washington, DC concluded Sept. 29 with two film screenings at the Goethe Institut. In her feature film debut, "Almanya: Welcome to Germany," Yasemin Samdereli tackles the immigrant experience of a Turkish family in Germany. Engaging flashbacks tell the story of Huseyin from Anatolia, who travels to Germany in the 1960s for better economic opportunities. The film progresses to the present day, when his six-year-old grandson ponders whether he is Turkish or German and where he fits in. The bittersweet narrative concludes with a family vacation to the hometown village in Turkey of Huseyin and his wife. …

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