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Film director, lecturer Halit Refiğ laid to rest

ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency | 10/13/2009 12:00:00 AM |

After dying at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer, well-known Turkish director Halit Refiğ was laid to rest Tuesday at Zincirlikuyu Cemetery in Istanbul.

Well-known Turkish director Halit Refiğ, who died Sunday at the age of 75 at Istanbul’s Memorial Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer since the end of August, was laid to rest Tuesday at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery in Istanbul.

The first ceremony for Refiğ was held at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory. The ceremony was attended by leading names from the Turkish art society, students, and his family and friends.

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Rector Professor Rahmi Aksungur said the university gave him the title of honorary professor for being one of the five people who initiated cinema-TV education in Turkey. He said Refiğ was one of the most loved lecturers and told stories about his memories with him.

Professor Sami Şekeroğlu, a retired lecturer, said they had been friends for 45 years. “He was a very sensitive person,” he said. “He used to question and search everything. I was his closest friend. How can I tell you about 45 years?”

Producer Tekin Özertem said Refiğ was a significant person in the field of culture in addition to being a filmmaker. He said Refiğ always wanted Turkish cinema to reach the level of world cinema. “I hope Turkish cinema will become a part of the world cinema,” he added.

After the ceremony, the funeral moved to the Teşvikiye Mosque. His wife, Gülper Refiğ, who arrived at the mosque with actress Müjde Ar, received condolences. After the prayer, Refiğ’s body was buried in Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.

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