10 February Sunday

IMM to promote Istanbul through documentary, "Two Seas-One City: Underwater Istanbul"

The tourism directorate of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has prepared a documentary featuring underwater sea life of the city. Istanbul's underwater richness will be introduced to the world with the documentary called “Two Seas, One City: Underwater Istanbul” filmed in 52 days with more than 100 dives in 33 different locations. The documentary with a special screening will be shown at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall (CRR) on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's Tourism Directorate aims to showcase the city's incredible marine life to the world while raising environmental awareness for protecting and preserving nature with a new documentary shot off the coasts of Istanbul.

In order to contribute to Istanbul tourism and introduce the richness of the sea to the world, more than 120 different species were photographed in the documentary.

The documentary called "Two Seas One City: Underwater Istanbul" will make its debut on Feb. 12 at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall with a special screening, according to the municipality.

The documentary, which was shot with the help of hundreds of divers in 33 different points in the Bosporus and the coasts of Istanbul within 52 days, was directed by Sait Özgür Gedikoğlu while Recep Şen served as the line producer.

The 33 points explored were: Selimpaşa, Beylikdüzü, Büyükçekmece, Küçükçekmece, Florya, Yeşilköy, Yedikule, Haliç, Sarayburnu, Kız Kulesi (Maiden's Tower), Dolmabahçe, Ortaköy, Çengelköy, Baltalimanı, Emirgan, İstinye, Tarabya, Beykoz, Rumeli Feneri, Anadolu Feneri, Kilyos, Karaburun, Şile, Moda, Caddebostan, Maltepe, Yelkenkaya, Madam Martha beach, Sivriada, Heybeliada, Büyükada, Kurşunburnu, Balıkçı Adası (also called Tavşan Adası or Neandros Island) and Tuzla.

Being the first of its kind, the documentary was prepared in light of the data obtained by the flora and fauna examination of Istanbul's underwater world as well as the ecosystem surrounding it, and the dives were carried out by professional underwater scanning teams.

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