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film type fiction Production Country Germany production year 2021 runtime 12'57 colour
screening format DCP aspect ratio 2.35:1 (CinemaScope) sound format Dolby Surround languages Arabisch, Kurdisch Subtitles Englisch, Deutsch

Ten-year-old AYSHA, a small rebellious girl wearing a full-body veil, and her eleven-year-old sister are put to a religious test in a backyard in Rojava in Syria by a covered woman. However, the strongheaded Aysha is struggling with identity and secrets, and takes a stand.

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director Cengiz Akaygün Produktion / Production Cengiz Akaygün, Ania Berger Drehbuch / Script Cengiz Akaygün Schnitt / Editing Ana R. Fernandes Bildgestaltung / DOP Kevin Hartfiel Besetzung / Cast Jiyan Akaygün, Halima Ilter, Ecem Türkmen Original-Filmmusik / Original Score Conrad Oleak Tongestaltung / Sound Design Thomas Rother Szenenbild / Production Design Gertrud Esslinger
2021 Internationale Hofer Filmtage, Germany (Publikums-Kurzfilmpreis der Stadt Hof)
2021 Duhok International Film Festival, Iraq
2021 Show Me Shorts, New Zealand, New Zealand
2022 Festival de Cine Global de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Shortfilm Winner)
2022 Short Shorts Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2022 WorldFest Houston, USA
2022 USA Film Festival, Dallas
2022 FFTD - Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland, Nürnberg, Germany
2022 Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, USA
2022 Wendland Shorts Kurzfilmfestival, Lüchow, Germany
2022 TiSFF Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece
2022 Festival Internacional de Filmets, Badalona, Spain
2022 LA Shorts International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
  • Free Monkey Film
  • Cengiz Akaygün
  • +49 152 08878545
  • interfilm Berlin Management GmbH
  • Cord Dueppe
  • Straßburger Str. 55
  • 10405 Berlin
  • Deutschland
  • +49 30 25942903

Cengiz Akaygün

Cengiz Akaygün lives in Stuttgart and has worked as a director and screenwriter since 2012. So far he has made five short films that have received multiple awards worldwide. In 2020 he was nominated twice for the Human Rights Film Award in Germany.

2014 Free Monkeys
2016/2019 Der Barbier
2018 Der Mandarinenbaum
2021 Tesbih - Die Gebetskette