Turkish Construction Firm Goes Bankrupt After Sponsoring Antisemitic Films
by Zach Pontz
A Turkish construction firm that sponsored an antisemitic film and has featured the film’s actors in advertisement campaigns has gone bankrupt. According to Turkey’s Hurriyet daily, a court has passed an injunction protecting Ukra İnşaat against its creditors. The Istanbul-based firm recently requested a delay in proceedings, which will be considered at the conclusion of the current legal process.
According to Hurriyet, a financial report revealed a budget shortfall of 44 million liras. Ukra, however, spent $20 million (nearly 35 million liras) on advertising and sponsorships, attracting widespread criticism.
Actors Necati Åžaşmaz and Gürkan Uygun, both of whom star in the “Valley of the Wolves,” film series, played in the firm’s commercials. The company also sponsored films such as “Valley of the Wolves Palestine” and “Av Mevsimi” (Hunting Season). According to the report, the company spent $2.5 million on a commercial with Uygun that ran last November.
“Valley of the Wolves Palestine” was released in 2011 and depicts a Turkish commando team that goes to Israel to track down the Israeli commander responsible for the Mavi Marmara flotilla raid. The movie is part of a film franchise spun-off from the popular Turkish TV show “Valley of the Wolves.”
The first film, “Valley of the Wolves Iraq,” released in 2006, depicted a Jewish army doctor who removed organs of dead American soldiers and sold them to rich people located throughout the world. The film was described by the Wall Street Journal as “a cross between ‘American Psycho’ in uniform and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”