Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema is
an extraordinary film by Elia Kazan. I have been searching for it for some time: America, America. Elia Kazan, in my mind Holllywood’s greatest director, made this film based on his family’s experience
under the dhimma of the Muslim Turks in interior Anatolia. It is the true story of his Greek uncle Stavros Topouzoglou’s struggle to flee Turkey. His family
left before the massive ethnic cleansing took place. The Byzantine
Greeks fought the Muslims since they reared their ugly head in the 7th
century. Sadly, the fight was lost in 1453 when Constantinople, the
richest, most prosperous European city, was taken by the jihadist savages.
It is a profoundly moving film. A masterpiece.
This film is the most poignant and realistic portrayal ever by Hollywood of the dhimmi condition. One of the world’s leading scholars on Islam, Bat Ye’or, recommends this film as an introduction to the study of dhimmitude for the masses….
Kazan’s 1964 film was nominated for three Academy awards: best director, best picture and best writing, story and screensplay adapted for screen.
“I am a Greek by blood,
a Turk by birth,
and an American
because my uncle made a journey.”
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