New Netflix Show Is Going to Upset Turkey's Erdogan

Erdogan beware: Innovative new Turkish drama 'Ethos' centers around feminine solidarity, features a lesbian couple and critiques religious institutions

Meryem (Öykü Karayel) in Netflix's "Ethos."
Meryem (Öykü Karayel) in Netflix's "Ethos."Credit: NETFLIX
Headshot of Haaretz columnist and literary supplement editor Benny Ziffer, who is artistic director of the poetry festival to be held in Metula.
Benny Ziffer
Headshot of Haaretz columnist and literary supplement editor Benny Ziffer, who is artistic director of the poetry festival to be held in Metula.
Benny Ziffer

My wife’s a big fan of Turkish drama series. On a recent visit to Istanbul, she wanted to visit some of the places that appear time after time in the various shows, from “Kuzey Güney” and “Insider” to “Fatmagul”.

A favored location for directors is the boardwalk in the Üsküdar neighborhood, on the Asian side of the Bosporus. From here, there’s a view of the Maiden’s Tower, a small islet on which stands a white tower where, legend has it, the sultan imprisoned his daughter to keep her from falling prey to a curse.