Netflix’s ‘The Club’: The untold stories of Istanbul’s minorities

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Istanbul in the 1950s: The Pera district is a melting pot of Jewish, Armenian and Greek families. But resentment against non-Muslims is growing. Two of them are the Sephardic Jews Matilda and her daughter Rasel – protagonists of the new Netflix series “The Club” (“Kulüp”), which has just gone into its second season in January. It’s a show that addresses current and historical issues that rarely feature in public debate in Turkey – let alone on a platform as big as Netflix. In Turkey, the series has not only been a great success but also sparked fierce debate. Among other things, it deals with …

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