Babylon 2011

ÍzgŘr Canel: Biography


Project Title: IKNA

I was born in Turkey and emigrated to the Netherlands with my family in 1977. After a happy childhood in Zutphen where the seed for storytelling was laid, I moved to Amsterdam to study Cultural Anthropology. My dream then was to become a documentary maker. But I started working at the sidelines of television and film until in 1999 I plunged into the magical world of writing for film. My first screenplay De Loodgieter (The Plumber) got picked up by the Dutch Filmfund, but eventually never went into production. It did give me the opportunity though to enroll into the 8-week filmprogramme at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. After my haf year in the States in 2001 I returned to Holland and started working freelance for television and film. I worked on plays, built internetsites, directed for television and made programmes. My last job was being editor in chief at Mtnl, a multicultural television station. Since the beginning of this year I enjoy being a freelance writer and director.



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


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