MCU students at the evening dedicated to the Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet

As part of their socio-cultural practice, students from Moscow City University recently attended a memorial evening dedicated to the 122nd anniversary of the birth of the Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet.

On February 3, a group of students, guided by Hadi Bak, a visiting professor from Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey, participated in an event dedicated to the memory of Nâzım Hikmet. The highlight of the evening was the screening of the first Soviet-Turkish feature film “My Love, My Sorrow” (1978), directed by Azhdar Ibragimov and based on Nâzım Hikmet’s renowned play “The Legend of Love”.

The event, reported by the organizers’ information resource, was graced by the presence of Turkish actress, screenwriter, and director Türkan Şoray, who played the lead role in the film. After 46 years since its release, Turkan Shorai attended the screening as an honored guest and was warmly received by fans in Moscow.

Tanju Bilgiç, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the Russian Federation, delivered a welcoming speech and presented a commemorative gift to Türkan Şoray. She concluded her performance by reciting lines from a poem by Nâzım Hikmet, which garnered a standing ovation lasting several minutes. In commemoration of the film’s premiere in Moscow, an image of the main characters was engraved on a granite plaque, frequently used in promotional materials.

The event was organised by the Nâzım Hikmet Foundation for Culture and Art in Moscow, in collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute in Moscow, the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, and the Association of Cultural and Leisure Centers of the Central Administrative District. The screening took place in the historic Great Hall of the Central House of Cinema, which can accommodate up to 1100 people.

Due to the immense interest shown by both Turkish and Russian viewers, the film was simultaneously screened in another hall of the Central House of Cinema, allowing approximately 2,000 people to enjoy the film simultaneously.

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Photo: Library No. 24 named after Nâzım Hikmet; Professor Hadi Bak.