Emin Alper, an economics and history graduate, holds a PhD in Turkish modern history. A lifelong love of cinema persuaded him to pursue filmmaking as a career.
He is the writer and director of short films The Letter (2005) and Rıfat (2006), and teaches in the humanities department at Istanbul Technical University. Alper received the Golden Tulip for Best Screenplay at the Istanbul International Film Festival this year. Beyond the Hill is his debut feature.