ABOUT ANNE-RAE VASQUEZ
Anne-Rae Vasquez authored Gathering Dust - a collection of poems, published by AR Publishing Inc. and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by Sams.net (a division of Macmillan Publishing). She wrote the novel and screenplay and directed Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, an award winning feature film and series produced by Joseph Khalil, Sababa Emporium Film Productions (http://www.sababaemporium.com) produced the feature film and series.
Details of the film production is at http://www.almostaturkishsoapopera.com.
Note from the author:
"The popularity of Turkish soap operas or TV series' in the Arab speaking world, Europe and Asia is not well known here in the West. The Turkish TV series' storylines are packed with jealousies and misunderstandings in family life and marriages, mafia encounters, economic problems and societal pressures, which all make for great drama. What I find fascinating in watching Turkish soap operas is how the Middle Eastern culture is woven into the modern way that Turkish people live which has influences from the Western and Eastern societies. I thank our producers Sababa Emporium Film Productions for allowing me to retell the story with so many different lenses - as a feature film, a short and as a series." - writer/director/associate producer, Anne-Rae Vasquez
Aside from her artistic work, Anne-Rae Vasquez also manages a web design, production and learner support team, specialized in distance and blended learning at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Her expertise in HTML authoring, Web and multimedia design, and project and database management and being a graduate of the Internet Publishing Certificate Program at the University of British Columbia, has provided her with the opportunity to work with many talented people in the industry. She has over 14 years of experience in distance learning and her expertise is in producing and delivering top notch online courses at university level standards.
Arranged Marriages, Betrayals and Affairs: Almost a Turkish Soap Opera by Anne-Rae Vasquez
The popularity of Turkish soap operas or TV series' in the Arab speaking world, Europe and Asia is not well known here in the West. The Turkish TV series' story lines are packed with jealousies and misunderstandings in family life and marriages, mafia encounters, economic problems and societal pressures, which all make for great drama. What I find fascinating in watching Turkish soap operas is how the Middle Eastern culture is woven into the modern way that Turkish people live which has influences from the Western and Eastern societies. Turkish soap operas are such the rage in the Middle East, a popular actor, Kivanc Tatlitug, has been tagged as the Turkish Brad Pitt.
Why Turkish soap operas? I blame my addiction to watching Turkish TV series or soap operas on an Arabic couple who stayed with her for a few months from the Middle East. During their visit, the wife said that she missed watching her favourite Arabic-dubbed Turkish soaps. I did not realize how popular Turkish TV series were until I found multiple sites with streaming videos of the most popular soap operas. This started a nightly ritual of watching back-to-back episodes of different series of Turkish soaps. Our marathon-watching weekends were full of fun, laughter and drama.
After completing the first draft of my book "Almost a Turkish Soap Opera", I approached Joseph Khalil. Sababa Emporium Film productions and he agreed to produce the feature film "Almost a Turkish Soap Opera" which is now an award winning independent feature film and web series and my directorial debut. The feature film and series have been screened at North American film festivals and have won recognition and awards.
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is about Adel and Kamil, two young good-looking Turkish men who try to immigrate to North America. Adel's ruthless grand-uncle arranges him to marry Yonka (his spoiled obnoxious cousin) in exchange for his immigration status in Canada. The problem is Yonka and Adel hate each other. The drama heats up even more when Adel has an affair with Nora, his beautiful English teacher which ruins Yonka's plans. And to add to this, his best friend Kamil has a big secret of his own. How did his life turn into a Turkish soap opera?
ABOUT ALMOST A TURKISH SOAP OPERA
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is about Adel, a young Turkish man whose family has lived in poverty while his grand uncle controls the inheritance money which rightfully belongs to his father. Adel travels to the USA with his best friend Kamil, works illegally, and is deported back to Istanbul. He flies to Canada, marries his rich grand uncle's spoiled obnoxious granddaughter in exchange for his permanent resident status. He becomes infatuated with his beautiful English teacher and tries to hide this from his wife. How did his life turn into a Turkish soap opera?