Finishing Diriliş: Ertuğrul

No movie theaters for the foreseeable future.

For the past month, I’ve been watching DirilişErtuğrul.

A season a week.

There are 5 seasons for a total of 448 episodes, approximately 45-47 minutes long. We should be done this weekend. This was not an epic, saga, or odyssey. It is in a league of its own. It’s a result of the increasing prevalence of the concept of the neo-Ottoman cool.

The series started in 2014, but I only came to of late when Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said it should be dubbed in Urdu. I found it better to watch on Netflix in Turkish with English subtitles. It’s really hard to watch something translated, because the original sounds are lost in translation.

I never came across such vivid character development from a Muslim perspective in films. We were always the bad guy and always barbaric. The female leads are shown traveling on their own and taking part and leading the tribes. It also shows the Middle East as the center of the world.

Marwan Kraidy and Omar Al-Ghazzi describe the the rise of the Turkism television drama as “a counter-hegemonic narrative that puts MiddleEasterners in the role of heroes.”

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