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Sami Mermer

Born in Turkey, Sami Mermer directed The Box of Lanzo, a documentary on homeless people in the United States. He also codirected and photographed Turtles Do Not Die of Old Age, which was nominated for a Jutra award in 2012 and received a special mention at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. His latest film, Callshop Istanbul, codirected with Hind Benchekroun, has toured several festivals and won a number of awards: the TV2M Grand Prize and the Human Rights award at the International Documentary Film Festival of Agadir (FIDADOC) 2016; the award for Best International Documentary at the Duhok International Film Festival, and the award for Best Documentary at the Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival. In addition, it was nominated for Best Editing and Best Documentary Film at the 2017 Québec Cinéma Gala.