A private screening of “Hi Jolly (Haci Ali)” in Los Angeles

The Society presents a private screening of "Hi Jolly" by Mertcan Turkoglu in Los Angeles!

Flow of Program

5:30pm-5: 45 pm: Welcoming remarks and live music performance by the composer of the film, Burak Besir and his pianist Rina Kohmoto
5:45pm-6:30pm: Screening of “Hi Jolly (Haci Ali)”
6:30pm-7:00pm: Q&A session with the director of the film, Mertcan Turkoglu
7:00pm-8:00pm: Reception

Synopsis of “Hi Jolly (Haci Ali)"

Directed by Mert Turkoglu, the documentary “Hi Jolly” tells the story of the legendary Haci Ali, a Turkish immigrant from the Ottoman Empire. After coming to the United States in 1857, Ali would go on to become a legend in the U.S. Camel Corps, where he got the name “Hi Jolly” from his American comrades. He served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, where his efforts transformed him into a folk hero in the American Southwest.

About The Director, Mert Turkoglu

Born in Bremen, Germany in 1973, Mert Turkoglu is an award-winning, fiction-based photographer whose work focuses on documentaries and portraits. Mert holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a specialization in photography and graphic design. He worked as a journalist for over a decade. After that, he focused on photography, working for Michael Kors and Apple while progressing his artwork. Mert's work has been featured in numerous international publications and media.


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