Imre Azem was born in Istanbul in 1975. In 1998 he graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with degrees in Political Science and French Literature. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris to complete his French Literature degree. After graduating in 1998 he moved to New York where he worked in media. From 2004 on he worked as a director of photography and editor in independent projects. At the same time he designed and built furniture. In 2007 he moved to Istanbul to embark on his directorial debut project, Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits about the neo-liberal urbanization of Istanbul. The award-winning feature-length documentary was completed in 2011. Mr. Azem is also a member of People’s Urban Movement, an volunteer group producing reports and actions on urban issues.His latest film Agoraphobia: Investigating Turkey’s Urban Transformation was completed in October 2013. He continues making furniture and activist films on mostly urban issues.