Digdem Sezen, Lecturer in Transmedia Production interviews award winning scriptwriter and novelist Feride Cicekoglu for World Storytelling Day 2022.



Feride Cicekoglu is a scriptwriter, novelist, and a professor in film. She holds a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. She started her teaching career in the field of architecture in Turkey, but she was imprisoned during the military junta of 1980 because of her political opposition. Her first book “Don’t Let Them Shoot the Kite” was about her prison experience and it became a best-selling book and a much-awarded film. Even though she was trained in architecture, she turned to literature and telling stories, writing books, short stories, television series and film scripts, collecting various awards on the way. “Journey of Hope”, a film whose script she co-wrote with film director Xavier Koller won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1991. She’s continuing to scriptwriting and producing films. She is currently the director of graduate film program at Istanbul Bilgi University.

Feride Cicekoglu filmography (scriptwriter)
Journey of Hope: Directed by Xavier Koller. With Necmettin Çobanoglu, Nur Sürer, Emin Sivas, Erdinç Akbas. The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.
Don’t Let Them Shoot the Kite: Directed by Tunç Basaran. With Ozan Bilen, Nur Sürer, Füsun Demirel, Güzin Özipek. Baris, a 5 year-old little boy, has to stay in a prison with her mother during her detention period. Baris develops a special relationship with Inci, a young woman who also stays in prison. She promises him that the kite will fly someday.
Selected Scholarly Books by Feride Cicekoglu
The Sustainable Legacy of Agnès Varda: Feminist Practice and Pedagogy – Kindle edition by Kennedy-Karpat, Colleen, Çiçekoglu, Feride.
The Dubious Case of a Failed Coup: Militarism, Masculinities, and 15 July in Turkey – Kindle edition by Çiçekoğlu, Feride, Turan, Ömer. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Dubious Case of a Failed Coup: Militarism, Masculinities, and 15 July in Turkey.
Exhibitions, books and places mentioned in the podcast
This family friendly exhibition takes visitors on a journey to discover Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist and explores the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters.
Just Kids is a memoir by Patti Smith, published on January 19, 2010, documenting her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. “I didn’t write it to be cathartic,” she noted.”I wrote it because Robert asked me to… Our relationship was such that I knew what he would want and the quality of what he deserved.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. With Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle. A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.
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