“Istanbul Unveiled” is a documentary film that is part of a series, "Cultural Interactions". Other parts of Turkey and Turkish culture will appear soon. This 61-minute HDTV documentary to be released on December 10, 2013.
An American young lady visits the off-the-beaten places in Istanbul and interviews the most interesting characters with her questions about the most wondered topics.
In the selection of places, popular places were never ignored but the approach was changed to be more intercultural.
A variety of colorful and interesting people from Turkish culture, from one of the richest women in Turkey to a masseur at a public bath and the best belly dancer in the country were chosen. By this way, interaction with a large cultural cross-section of local people providing a much richer experience was preferred.
The selection of interviewees and the questions are based on Şerif Yenen's 25 years of field experience as a tourist guide and a travel writer. With this experience, the needs and interests of true travelers can easily be anticipated, real İstanbul is seen by way of the back door, and the philosophy behind the culture is revealed.