Great Meeting with Engin Altan Düzyatan

13/06/2020

Engin Altan Düzyatan, the lead actor of the Diriliş Ertuğrul TV series, has been a guest of Yunus Emre Institute. Düzyatan has met his fans abroad at the program aired in seven languages and followed by numerous people around the world.

Yunus Emre Institute continues to promote Turkish language, culture and art at digital platform and hosts lead actors and actresses of Turkish TV series and films with a huge following abroad. Famed actor Engin Altan Düzyatan, who had a huge fanbase around the world thanks to the Diriliş Ertuğrul (the Resurrection: Ertuğrul) TV series, has been a guest of Yunus Emre Institute.

The Diriliş Ertuğrul TV series, which is about Turkish history, has been exported to more than 70 countries.

Presented by Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, the digital event was aired live on Wednesday, June 10 in seven languages, namely Turkish, Arabic, Albanian, Bosnian, English, Spanish and Russian. The program was watched by tens of thousands of people. Engin Altan, the lead actor of the Diriliş Ertuğrul TV series, which is about Turkish history and has been exported to more than 70 countries, has met his fans abroad. Düzyatan talked about the Diriliş Ertuğrul TV series, his career, the documentary "Sen de Tanık Ol," produced by him, his projects for new documentaries and his views on life. Düzyatan also answered questions from his fans from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Pakistan. 

Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş stated that the famous actor, known for the Diriliş Ertuğrul TV series, has assumed many roles with professionalism. "The viewers, especially foreign viewers following these historic characters are wondering whether you will take up on the role of another historic character. It is being discussed on social media whether you will assume a role in Kuruluş Osman TV series. I've seen one of your interviews. You said that you'd be happy to play Mozart or Einstein. What do you about it?" asked Prof. Dr. Ateş. In response, Engin Altan Düzyatan said: "Why not acting as Piri Reis, as well? Well, acting is a long adventure. First of all, I've been acting since the age of 15 and I am 40 right now. I've engaged in acting for more than half of my life. I graduated from the acting school, and went to university for acting. So I am a professional, I've always tried to carry out my profession with an amateur spirit and I've tried to improve myself," he said.

Düzyatan: Ertuğrul Gazi had all the characteristics every good person should have; he was fair in every aspect. As was the case with every role, I learned a lot of things from Ertuğrul Gazi.

Are you influenced by the characters you play?" asked Prof. Dr. Ateş. In response, Düzyatan said: "Well, speaking specifically about Ertuğrul Gazi, indeed, it was a character of depth. He actually had all the characteristics every person should have; he was fair in every aspect... So, you can feel it. As you feel it, you develop a bond between you and the character. You engage in an interaction. Actually, this is the nature of your job, part of your job. As was the case with every role, I learned a lot of things from Ertuğrul Gazi. I learned things from other roles as well. But I learned from Ertuğrul Gazi how to feel many points about life and the hardships faced at that period and how naive the feelings can be and how clear everything is amid those naive feelings. Contrary to what we are experiencing today where we are almost losing our emoting and where we are having difficulties in expressing our feelings and emotions and because of the speed of life, we cannot find time to do that, and it was actually comforting for me to play such a comfort of feelings in this period."

Following Düzyatan's comments on the importance of expressing one's emotions and feelings, Prof. Dr. Ateş said: "Feelings are still very fresh and alive with us in Anatolia. So we can be sincere with people in a short time. We are trying to create the same environment at our centers abroad. In this regard, there are different emotions. And, those emotions have to be authentic in the acting."

TURKISH TV SERIES TOUCH ON FEELINGS

"If you can express the feeling accurately, you can get a response from the other parts of the world. This is because there is no language for the feelings; the feelings are the same everywhere." 

Düzyatan maintained that the Turkish TV series have a huge fanbase around the globe and this is because they share the same feelings. "As a matter of fact, I think, they reason why we are so popular around the world is that we touch on many diverse feelings. Take South America; they have a different culture; they are located at a remote part of the world; but we have realized that we share the same feelings with them. Those people now watch us and share the same feelings with us. So, if you can express the feeling accurately, you can get a response from the other parts of the world. This is because there is no language for the feelings; the feelings are the same everywhere." 

ANATOLIA'S SOUL-MATE CULTURE

Having shot a documentary entitled "Sen de Tanık Ol" to draw attention to the difficulties in access to water resources in Africa, Düzyatan is preparing to shoot another document to describe water pollution around the world.

Düzyatan, who shot the 'Sen de Tanık Ol" documentary in order to draw attention to the water crisis in Africa, described how the idea for shooting such a documentary had evolved. "Children have to walk for about 4 and half hours and, sometimes, 12 hours, in order to have access to water. Then, these children return home and this is a repetitive process for carrying water. When I saw this, I felt very ashamed. Why did these children not have access to pure water as a sine qua non human need at another part of the world? I always nurtured the notion of doing something about those regions. Eventually, we proceeded with the idea of shooting a documentary entitled "Sen de Tanık Ol."

Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş noted that the feeling of embarrassment in the face of problems had something to do with Anatolia's soul-mate culture. "This is because you see that child part of your soul," he said. Düzyatan indicated that he was making preparations for shooting a new document to raise awareness about water pollution around the world. 

I have worked hard and done many exercises. I would like to be one of your alps (heroes)," Bünyamin Praşoviç, a young viewer from Bosnia and Herzegovina, said to Düzyatan. A language teacher and writer from South Africa stated that the Diriliş Ertuğrul TV series was very popular in his country. 

You can watch the program, presented by Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, hosting Engin Altan Düzyatan, using the following links:

Turkish: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1jMJgXgkEOWxL

Arabic: https://www.facebook.com/yeearabic/videos/263515701533526/UzpfSTE1NzQ3Nz...

Albanian: https://twitter.com/yeetiran/status/1270773416937701376

Bosnian: https://www.facebook.com/yeesaraybosna/videos/250960062670146/

English: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1YqxoRelEvkJv

Spanish: https://twitter.com/yee_madrid/status/1270771233106223104

Russian: https://tr-tr.facebook.com/yeemoskova/videos/181194286659917/