Anatolia is not a country or even a city. It is an area of Asia Minor that encompasses roughly the western two-thirds of Turkey, or what is considered Asian Turkey. The area is bordered by the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea.
The history of the area dates back to the Paleolithic Era, and it was the home of civilizations like the Hittites, Assyrians, Akkadians, Arameans, Luwians, Byzantines, Mongols, and more.
Both Islam and Christianity have had strong presences in the region over time, as have a few ancient religions.
Genocides, invasions, and many other major events took place in the region, as well. The area is rife with subject material for potential historical films.
There are currently rumors that Sally Field may be involved in a historical documentary about the region, though the details are scant. There is no word about what the documentary might be about or what Field’s role might be. She may be an interviewer to get information from historical experts, or she might be a narrator with her well-known voice.
Historical documentaries like these can pose challenges for the film makers. We’re not talking about subjects that overlap with people who are still alive or who heard tales from their grandparents when they were children. Most of the subjects of interest in the region are hundreds or thousands of years old, so the documentary would rely on historical documentation and other resources, which can be scant.
The documentary could also look at the development of important things like planes, architecture or culture, which could combine both historical and modern documents.
We’ll be excited to learn more about this documentary once the details become available. The area is so rich that a documentary would be sure to present interesting information. We’re sure we won’t be disappointed!