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Baris Pirhasen studied English and Literature at Bogazici University in Istanbul from 1972-76 and graduated in Film & TV Direction from the UKÍs NFTS in 1992. During his time at the NFTS, he wrote several scripts and directed a number of films, such as the feature Kuecuel Baliklar (Little Fishes, 1990) and the shorts The Hitch and Things Of No Importance (1989/92). In 1992, he wrote the original story for a TV series called Plastic and co-founded The Cinema Foundation with nine fellow directors and producers in Turkey in 1994. In 1996, he directed Sawdust Tales which he adapted from a short story by Bilge Karasu.