Valley of Islamic Dolls

Short Documentary | 2015 |VICE Media
Role: Story Producer | Executive Producers: Broadly, VICE Media  | Short Documentary | 20 mins | 2015

Adnan Oktar is the most notorious cult leader in Turkey. In addition to introducing the world to his take on Islamic religion, the Muslim creationist credits himself with introducing his followers to feminism. Oktar refers to his cadre of devoted women as “kittens.” And at his behest, the “kittens” shirk hijabs and traditional dress, and instead they wear designer outfits, apply heavy makeup, and undergo plastic surgery. They also happen to be wealthy socialites in a bizarre world.

Ruchika story produced this piece for Broadly, the female focused platform for Vice Media.