Posted on September 08, 2015

Doha Film Institute joins the celebrations to mark Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture with a special screening of a behind-the-scenes documentary, ‘Secret World of Magnificent Century’, of one of Turkish televisions most opulent productions, ‘Magnificent Century’, an elaborate period drama that reimagines Turkey’s imperial past.

The special event presented by Qatar Museums, the Doha Film Institute and the Dogus Group, will be held on 15 September at the Opera House in Katara and serves as a curtain raiser to launch the grand ‘Harem Al Sultan: The Exhibition’ on the following day. The documentary will take viewers behind the making of the popular series that has gripped viewers worldwide since its premiere in 2011, and will be followed by an extended Q&A session with Halit Ergenç  (who plays Sultan Suleiman).

DFI to screen behind the scenes 2 [].jpgDirected by Yağmur and Durul Taylan, described as the Turkish Coen brothers, the programme is aired in more than 54 countries, from Italy to China and reaches more than 200 million viewers worldwide.  A soap opera set in the court of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, the programme has been breaking Turkish television records and has captured the hearts of viewers from Turkey, the Arab world and beyond. Sultan Süleyman, who reigned from 1520 to 1566, is known in Turkey as the Lawmaker, renowned for his innovative legal code, for the opulence of his court, and for expanding the Ottoman Empire from Transylvania to the Persian Gulf. The plot of “Magnificent Century” depicts intrigues at the court of Sultan Süleyman.

DFI to screen behind the scenes 3 [].jpgThe special screening will be followed by the grand opening of the “Harem Al Sultan - Magnificent Century: The Exhibition - Special Edition” on the 16 of September at the Qatar Museums Gallery in Katara. The celebrated exhibition, from 17th Sep to 12 Dec, will leave Turkey for the first time as part of Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture activities, since its world premiere in Istanbul last year. The exhibition, which includes artifacts and costumes as well as rich interactive extensions, provides visitors an opportunity to experience the glorious world of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Tickets for the documentary screening are free but must be reserved for admission. Tickets will be available from Monday, 7 September at 12:00PM and may be reserved online 24 hours a day at or requested at the DFI ticket outlet at the Katara Opera House on September 15 from 2:00PM – 9:00PM. Tickets are limited and available while supplies last.