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.
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.