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MES presents: The Film Jolly Life

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MES presents: Jolly Life

"Jolly Life" is the first Christmas film made in Turkey. Described as the great story of a small man by Erdoğan, its director, the film focuses on Rıza, a middle-aged, ordinary man with no luck on his side in business and no money. When his restaurant closes down and later he loses all his savings in a chain marketing scam, he lands a job as a Santa in a shopping mall, although he doesn't quite know what Santa is. With the burden of the world on his shoulders, our Santa learns the works: what we call life is not more real than what those children believe.

Written and directed by Yilmaz Erdogan

Open to the public! 

Co-sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, the Turkish Language Program within the Department of LLL, and the Middle Eastern Studies Program at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. 

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To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.