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“Gümüş, known in Arabic as “Noor”, is one of the world’s most popular soap operas . Released in Turkey by the MBC network, “Gümüş” won an estimated 85 million viewers throughout the Arab World during its first season in 2008.” (Wikipedia)
In my lifetime, I’ve made repeated attempts to watch TV soap operas: American ones, Italian, Mexican, Brazilian and even Serbian ones. I could never get beyond the first few episodes. Soap operas always bored me, and then angered me.
Why? Because they were so blatantly false, so aggressive and unfriendly. Their phony, consumer-ad version of lived reality made me feel miserable. My way of being and thinking is systematically excluded from soap operas of every nation.
Far from considering them “popular art,” I thought they were elitist, and in a bad way: fantasies of snobbism, created for wannabes, who watch actresses in fancy costume while they themselves buy laundry soap.
However, some months ago my friend told me that a Turkish soap opera exists that made Moslem women unite in the Arab Spring revolution. Obviously watching “Gumush” was a must.
After a couple of indifferent episodes, I got hooked. I immersed myself in the world of the woman “Gumush” and I lived with her. I dreamt about her awful problems, I got angry with her foolish mistakes, I talked to my family and friends about the dire struggles Gumush and I were enduring. More