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.
"Internationally, the role of women in organising and fomenting the demonstrations that have rocked Turkey in recent weeks has gone almost unnoticed. But in Turkey, commentators describe it as nothing short of a 'women's revolution'."