Necati Sönmez

Sönmez is the director of a documentary film festival in Istanbul. After studying aeronautical engineering, he worked as a film critic, photographer, and journalist before starting to shoot and produce documentary films. His debut work, Theo’s Gaze (2003) looked at the work of Greek director Theo Angelopoulos. His award winning To Make an Example of (2007) explored the reasons behind the death of the hundreds of people executed since the founding of the Turkish republic. Sönmez is founder of DOCUMENTARIST – Istanbul Documentary Days, which presents films from the Arab world, ethnographic documentaries, and films exploring the post-communist era. The festival also raises the issue of human rights in Turkey.