Esra graduated from Northwestern University with honours and received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.
In New York, she directed two shorts, FAIR LAWN (2010) and CAREGIVER (2012), both were screened at Seattle Film Festival, !f Istanbul and Akbank Short Film Festival.
She founded her production company, Karlakum Film (Sand and Snow) in Istanbul, and directed her first feature, ACROSS THE SEA (2014) with Nisan Dağ. The film won six awards at the Golden Bolls alongside of other prizes at Slamdance, Milano, Skyway, and Woodshole.
It was screened at Florida, Sarasota Raindance, and Warsaw film festivals.
Her next project, CLOWN IS DOWN, was a semi-finalist at Bluecat Screenwriting Competiton, and attended IFP’s No Borders Section and Cine Qua Non Lab. It will also attend EAVE’s Ties That Bind Coproduction Market.
Esra also offers production services to foreign projects such as THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (HBO) and REBEL MUSIC: TURKEY (MTV). She is the co-founder of the Istanbul office of Film Fatales.
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Residing in France on a self-imposed exile since 1999, the wife of the late protest folk singer Ahmet Kaya took legal action to stop the screening of a biopic, filmed without her family's approval.
Member of the 'Academics for Peace' movement, Turkish-French academician Tuna Altinel of Lyon-1 University is acquitted after 81 days of imprisonment and six months of trial in Turkey.
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Flying to more countries than any other airline, Turkish Airlines invites all world citizens to explore the planet, with a clip that features the global journeys of three Americans who flew outside the US for the first time with Turkish Airlines.
Citizens of Turkuaz Republic are globetrotters, praised for their ability to adjust to new circumstance, which they owe to their nomadic Turkic past.
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