Women in the Cinema of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Kara F. M., EŞİTTİ Ş.

CINEJ CINEMA JOURNAL, vol.6, no.2, pp.200-221, 2017 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.5195/cinej.2017.186
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Film & Television Literature Index, International Index to Film Periodicals, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.200-221
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


This study in general examines the representation of women in Turkish cinema with a retrospective evaluation and tries to understand the present condition, specifically it examines the ways in which women were treated in the films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of the most important directors of Turkish cinema in the recent period. The study focuses on Climate, Three Monkeys, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia and Winter Sleep named movies of Ceylan, and these movies were analysed with the qualitative content analysis method. According to the findings of the study, in his films Ceylan generally picks men as the main characters. In his own words, he finds men's world more complicated and fragmented and women are the secondary characters who are suppressed under patriarchal structure and male domination.