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Fri Feb 24, 2017 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Mar 4, 2017 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

Tables of Istanbul

Directed by Zeynep Kilic

Turkey | 58 min 23 sec | 2016

Tables of Istanbul captures the personal story of a sociologist, Turkish immigrant, and passionate cook exploring food cultures in Istanbul. The documentary investigates Turkish cuisine, Istanbul’s place within it, and food movements through conversations with chefs, restaurateurs, researchers, food writers, activists and families. The film starts in Alaska (USA), investigating how identity and food come together on a dinner table, and travels to Istanbul (Turkey) in search of answers. 

Tables of Istanbul - Keynep KilicZeynep Kilic
Director, Producer, Writer

Zeynep was born and raised in Turkey. After completing her bachelor’s degree in economics at the Middle East Technical University, she moved to the U.S. to pursue graduate school in 1993. She completed her masters and doctorate degrees in sociology at the Arizona State University. She arrived in Anchorage in the summer of 2008 after fourteen years in the Arizona desert. She is still getting acclimated…

Her earlier work focused on immigration, belonging and citizenship. Currently she is exploring food and culture as her primary research agenda. Her next project will be picking up where the movie left off, writing a book while on sabbatical in 2016-2017.

As an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, besides dabbling in film-making and book writing, she teaches sociology classes, dances tango, and adores her husband Wayne who is single-handedly renovating her dream home while she travels around the world for this fun project.

Tables of Istanbul Poster

Film Information

Director: Zeynep Kilic
Country: Turkey
Year: 2016
Language:  Turkish
Runtime: 58 min
Rating: PG


Producers: Zeynep Kılıç
Writer: Zeynep Kılıç
Director of Photography: Demir Efe
Editing Director: Sevgi Taylan
Cameraman: Kamil Satır
Camera Assistant: İsa Aydın
Audio/ Editing/Color Correction: Görkem Koç
Lighting: Utku Mete
Production Assistant: Evin Aslan
Music/Mixing: Serkan Sönmezocak
Production/Postproduction: Garaj Film

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