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>> A biopic charting the climb of Turkey's leader. The premiere of The Chief coinciding with President Tayyip Erdogan's 63rd birthday last Sunday. Its narrative focuses on the life and times of the man who's dominated the nation's politics in the 21st century. But the timing of its release has been questioned by critics raising concerns of a growing cult of personality, a claim the actor who portrays Odowan rejects.
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There maybe criticisms but people cannot be stopped from talking. Anyone can say anything but this is definitely not a propaganda moving. Because we started to shoot this movie in February 2016 and it was completed in May.>> It's release comes just weeks before April's referendum which would once sweeping new palace.
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If accepted, the reforms will enable the president to appoint ministers and top state officials, dissolve parliament, declare emergency rule and issue decrees. Backers say they are essential in a country shaken by Islamic State, and Kurdish militant attacks. Opposition parties argue the changes will remove checks to the extends of powers Erdoğan already wields.
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The made by a little known company with its funding unclear. Beyond the theater, the April 16 referendum is one Erdoğan can ill afford to lose.