«I like being a woman. Because I get more sexy.»
At nights Ozkan changes. With wigs and glitter he turns into Shushu, the renowned belly-dancing drag queen of Kyrenia. Ozkan also happens to be gay and living openly without hiding his sexuality. The only one who appears not to know this is his mother, with whom he lives.
Based on interviews and performances, the documentary only scratches the surface of sexuality and gender issues in Cyprus. Filmed by a Greek Cypriot and featuring a Turkish Cypriot, it also raises wider questions of identity in a war-torn country.
“Shushu is a powerful yet delicate, empathetic and witty portrayal of a complex man.
… deliberately crosses contentious borders.”
-Professor Jeffrey Weeks, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, University of South Bank, London. Author of Sexuality and its Discontents, (Routledge, 1985), Sex, Politics and Society (Longman, 1989) and Coming Out (Quartet, 1977). phonebook.lsbu.ac.uk/php5/person.php?name=weeks.j
“This film is decidedly, unabashedly, and unapologetically transgressive.”
-Stavros Stavrou Karayanni, Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, European University, Cyprus. Author of Dancing Fear and Desire: Race, Sexuality and Imperial Politics in Middle Eastern Dance, (Wilfrid Laurier UP 2004), winner of the 2006 ESSE book award in Cultural Studies.
Weeks, Jeffrey. “Beyond Categories.” Archive of Sexual Behavior 44.5 (July 2015): 1091-1097.
Stavrou Karayanni, Stavros. “SHUSHU: Identity as Ritual.” Limassol International Documentary Festival Program Notes (2008): 35-36.