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Prominent Turkish director Halit Refiğ dies at 75

ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency | 10/11/2009 12:00:00 AM |

Prominent Turkish director Halit Refiğ died early Sunday morning at the age of 75. Refiğ had been undergoing treatment for cancer at Memorial Hospital since Aug. 28.

Prominent Turkish director Halit Refiğ died early Sunday morning at the age of 75. Refiğ had been undergoing treatment for cancer at Memorial Hospital since Aug. 28.

Refiğ, who delivered a speech sometime ago during a night organized for himself, said he had been a part of Turkish cinema since the 1960s and he owed everything in his life to Turkish cinema, adding that there were many things to do for it.

Born in İzmir in 1934, Refiğ earned a degree in engineering at Istanbul's Robert College. He went to Korea to complete his military service and directed his first amateur film in Korea and Japan. He began his career in cinema as leading moviemaker Atif Yılmaz's assistant in 1957. He directed his first movie "Forbidden Love" in 1960.

He has made about 60 films including feature films, documentaries and TV serials. His films represented Turkey in various festival and shows abroad. He won many awards including three Best Director titles at the Golden Orange Film Festival in the years of 1964, 1989 and 1990.

Refiğ was given the title of “Honorary Professor” by Marmara University in 1997. As well as more than 300 articles, Refiğ has written research and a book named, “Ulusal Sinema Kavgası” (National Cinema Fight).

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