Zeynep Kılıç 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. Lately she has been exploring food and culture as her primary research agenda. Her latest project, Tables of Istanbul, has been supported by grants from the TCF, ITS, UAA and Fulbright. 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.

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Tables of Istanbul captures the personal story of Zeynep Kılıç – a sociologist, immigrant, and passionate cook exploring food cultures in Istanbul (a.k.a. eating her way through the bustling city). 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 documentary has been supported by generous grants from the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Institute of Turkish Studies, Fulbright Turkey, and the University of Alaska Anchorage Innovate and Faculty Development grants.

For more information on the story of the project, please visit our Blog page.


Director/Executive Producer/Script 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

Graphic Design: Hakan Arslan

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