Arzu K÷keng: Biography Babylon 2009


Project Title: KANKA

I was born in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. When I turned 21 I moved to Rotterdam to work for several media. In 2003 I co-produced a popular local television programme about the Turkish lifestyle in The Netherlands.

In 2005 I felt the urge to live in Amsterdam, so I moved to the capitol city and started working as a freelancer in journalism. In 2006 I received an EU Young Journalism Special Award for my article about the phenomenon of Turkish people living in the Netherlands but watching Turkish television.

Finally, in 2007, I decided to write my first screenplay 'Kanka' (Blood Brother). One year later I received several grants for development from the Dutch Film Fund and the Media Fund. In the meanwhile I also worked on the set of 'Turquaze' (by Kadir Balci) as a dialogue coach and actress. Then, my own 'Kanka' got selected for the Babylon feature film development programme in 2009.

Currently I'm writing various feature film projects and short movies. I plan to direct and produce a short movie before the end this year. Also I'm working part-time as editor-in-chief at MTNL (Multicultural Television Netherlands).


Babylon collaborates regularly with partner orgnanisations, including AHRC-funded Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Research Network

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Network ┬╗

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Thierry Lenouvel┬╗

Far Flung Families in Film ┬╗

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Sarita Malik/Leslee Udwin ┬╗


Read more about the projects selected for Babylon Europe 2015.

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Read more about the projects selected for Babylon Europe 2013-14.

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BABYLON BREAKTHROUGH Event at 56th BFI London Film Festival 2012

This year BABYLON hosts the closing event of the London Film Festival's Industry Programme, 10.30 on 21st October at NFT3, BFI Southbank.

For flyer click here.