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Valley of the Wolves: Palestine



Valley of the Wolves: Palestine (Turkish: Kurtlar Vadisi: Filistin) is a Turkish action film, directed by Zübeyr Şaşmaz, about a Turkish commando team which goes to Israel to track down the Israeli military commander responsible for the Gaza flotilla raid. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on January 28, 2011, is one of the most expensive Turkish films ever made. It is part of the Valley of the Wolves media franchise, based on the Turkish television series of the same name, and is a sequel to Valley of the Wolves: Iraq (2006) and Valley of the Wolves: Gladio (2008)


Pana Film had already settled on the Palestinian territories as the setting of the film and was about to start shooting when the May 31, 2010 Gaza flotilla raid occurred. The existing script was subsequently rewritten to feature the raid as the centre piece of the plot. "This is not about taking revenge for Mavi Marmara," stated producer Zübeyr Şaşmaz, "The goal of the film is to show what the Palestinians are going through."Screenwriter Bahadır Özdener added, "We’re calling out to people’s conscience. All we want is freedom for innocent and tormented Palestinian people living in inhumane conditions in the world’s biggest prison."
The film, which is projected to cost over $20 million, making it one of the most expensive Turkish films, was shot in 11 weeks on location in Adana and Tarsus with a team of 400 people during the summer of 2010. Officials from Pana Film said that these locations were chosen, after scouting several locations in Lebanon, Syria and Bulgaria as well as 20 provinces in Turkey, including Hatay, Elazığ, Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep, due to, "the historical texture, the streets and local culture of these places." According to Bünyamın Köselı, writing in Today's Zaman, "approximately 3,000 fans were drawn to the Şehit Kerim neighborhood in Tarsus, where some of the scenes were shot", "which makes the salesmen in the city very happy". Extensive re-shoots were later required after some of the film's action sequences were burned during the lab process.


After the Freedom Flotilla attempts to bring humanitarian assistance to Gaza refuses to turn back, it is attacked by the Israeli military. In a dramatic battle scene, activists resist and are mowed down by the Israeli commandos. A Turkish commando team led by Polat Alemdar (Necati Şaşmaz) travels to Israel, where they launch a campaign of destruction and murder against Israeli forces in an attempt to track down and eliminate the Israeli commander Moşe Ben Eliyezer (Erdal Beşikçioğlu) responsible for the flotilla raid.
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