Lütfi Ömer Akad
Born in 1916 in İstanbul, Lütfi Ömer Akad got acquainted with the film industry incidentally. Graduating from the Galatasaray High School and the İstanbul College of Economics and Commerce, Akad built ties with the film industry, working as an assistant and production director, among other roles. He made his directing debut when producer Hürrem Erman prompted him to complete the film Damga, which director Seyfi Haveri had left unfinished due to another project. Strike the Whore, his first project as solo director in 1948, brought him great acclaim. With his follow-up films The Lonely Ones’ Quay and Law of the Border, he was regarded among the touchstones of the cinema of Turkey. Focusing on teaching after leaving his directing career, Akad taught hundreds of students in more than 20 years at the Mimar Sinan University Department of Cinema and Television. Having dedicated his life to the cinema of Turkey, Lütfi Ömer Akad died in İstanbul in 2011.