A Turkish Doctor: Omer Ayhan is a mokumentary mimicking classical, dull, made-for-TV documentaries shown on Turkish national channel in the 90s. These documentaries served to honor genius Turkish personages scattered around the world. The title refers to the protagonist, a fictitious doctor played by an actual one, who is renowned for finding a cure for the so-called deadly disease “nortonomy”. The disease damaged the brain cells and caused amnesia, and according to this fictitious documentary, it was mainly spread in the States. The dialogue between the professional broadcaster and Omer Ayhan, which make up two thirds of the documentary, is beyond comprehension due to its medical terminology. This specialization of knowledge, which the public is able to track only through popular culture, predetermines the fact that questioning the information is not an option.*
11 min., DV, Turkish, with English subtitles.
*THE REAL MUST BE FICTIONALIZED IN ORDER TO BE THOUGHT by Pelin Uran