Kaya Arslan: "C’est surtout depuis quelques années que la question du foulard a suscité des débats passionnés...C’est aussi une conséquence de changements intervenus dans le pays - urbanisation, mobilité sociale, développement des classes moyennes."
"The issue raises a big question about Mr. Erdogan: is he dedicated to his party’s plans for comprehensive constitutional reform, or is he simply serving the interests of religion? The latter would be a grave error..."
Two major parties in Turkey have submitted a joint plan to parliament to ease a ban on the Islamic headscarf in the country's universities. Polls suggest there is strong public support for lifting the ban.
The film festival was held in May 2007 to "create a written and oral history of women in the cinema industry" with the intention of maintaining and improving relations between Turkish and foreign women film makers by bringing them together.