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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).
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