From Hurriyet Daily News:
Kösem Sultan, one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history, is now the subject of a feature film, ‘Mahpeyker.’ Screenwriter Avni Özgürel says past depictions of Kösem Sultan as a despot were false, adding that his film shows her in a better light. Most importantly, he says, ‘Mahpeyker’ recounts the empire’s history through women, rather than men.
The life of Kösem Sultan, one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history, is set for cinemas in a feature film, “Mahpeyker,” that revolutionizes portrayals of imperial history, according to the movie’s screenwriter.
The Ottoman Empire has always been told through men but it was now time to tell its story through a woman, said screenwriter Avni Özgürel.