Famed producer and director Didem Şahin, who was treated for cancer, passed away last night, and Ceren Akdağ, media relations coordinator and press advisor for IMM, broke the tragic news of the successful name that has served as producer and director for a generation. Habertürk documentary from 2010-2013.
Akdag, bitter news, “Last night Didem Şahin accepted the mercy of the right. Our condolences to all the press and his fans. You are already an angel.”
Shaheen was buried in the Canarian Küçükçekmece cemetery after funeral prayers at the Florya Basınköy Mosque at 2:00 pm today.
Didem Şahin was born in Germany and graduated from the Department of Radio, Television and Film at the School of Communication at Marmara University and then went on to study screenwriting at Birkbeck University in the UK. He then received a British Council scholarship and completed an MA in Documentary Filmmaking and Directing at Brunel University, London.
His first documentary, “Don’t Tell My Mom I’m Going to Beirut” (2007), was selected as the best Turkish documentary by SİYAD (Society of Film Writers). IV Bodrum International Film Festival. “Don’t tell my mom I’m going to Beirut” won the professional category at the 2nd Gold Star Group Cyprus Documentary Film Festival (2008). There are also documentaries, the 44th Golden Orange Film Festival and the 15th.
Şahin completed the documentary Madame Mukhtar in June 2009 with support from the One World Trust, Brunel University and London-based Eskimez Film. The film was screened at numerous film festivals in the country and abroad. Documentary “My Ali Sami Yen” (2011) In this documentary, Didem Şahin was selected as a documentary director for the “Berlinale Talent Campus” project at the Berlin Film Festival in 2010, exploring the relationship between football and politics.
It won first place in the TV category of the first International Sports Film Festival and the Milan International Sports Film Festival. The documentary has been shortlisted for many film festivals, including the 48th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Architecture and Urban Film Festival. “My Ali Sami Yen” is broadcast in two episodes on Habertürk TV.
Şahin is the pilot for the Borneo Rainforest part of the eco-documentary “The Last 7 Steps”, prepared in 7 regions and 14 episodes, and “No Sochi!” made the documentary about him for Al Jazeera (2013). The documentary was selected to compete in the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival and was screened on many national and international channels.
In 2014 he completed two projects ‘National Athlete, ‘Gamze Bulut’ and ‘Brikama’ filmed in Africa, with production support from the Ministry of Culture, Shaheen’s latest documentary (2015) ‘In the Shadow of Ebola ‘Down’ filmed Africa in the West, and aired on Tong Ren Tang World and Tong Ren Tang Documentary Channels Didem Şahin, producer and director of Habertürk TV’s documentary generation from 2010 to 2013, finished in 58th place.