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After making several award – winning shorts in Turkey, Yesim Ustaoglu made her feature film debut with 1994’s ‘The Trace’ (İz). The film was presented at numerous international festivals, including Moscow and Gothenburg and won the Best Film


She has been teaching cinema, media and cultural studies in various Universities in Istanbul and gave lectures at Humbold University in Berlin as a visiting Professor in 2006. She is currently a faculty member of Cinema and TV Department at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul. She has her BA degree in Psychology and studied Political Science, Cinema Studies and Sociology (Cultural Studies) in New York and İstanbul in MA and PhD levels.


Born in Istanbul, Prof. Zeynep Sayın lectures on visual studies and literary criticism. She has teached extensively in different disciplines at several universities in Turkey including Istanbul University, Marmara University, Mardin Artuklu University and Bilgi University. Currently she is a visiting professor at HGB Leipzig. Sayın was the co-editor of the influential literary magazine Defter. Her publications include Mithat Şen ve Beden Yazısı:1 (2003), İmgenin Pornografisi (2015), Kötülük Cemaatleri (2016) and Ölüm Terbiyesi (2018)