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“Başka Tren Gıdı Gıdı” (The Gıdı Gıdı - A Different Kind of Train)

On 18 December 2018, documentary director Yasin Ali Türkeri visited Bilkent to show and discuss his documentary film, “Başka Tren Gıdı Gıdı” (The Gıdı Gıdı - A Different Kind of Train). The film was released in 2018 and tells the story of the Nazilli Sümerbank Textile factory that was built with Soviet assistance in the 1930s. The documentary approaches the story through the Gıdı Gıdı, a train that belonged to the plant and which now waits quietly inside the closed factory for passengers that will never appear. After the film, Yasin Bey joined faculty and students for a wide-ranging conversation that covered, among other things, the research done for the film and how people in both Turkey and Russia responded to his project. The event was organized by the Bilkent Center for Russian Studies.