Aslı Özarslan

Director (Germany)

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“In these times, I find it very important that artists or filmmakers create worlds that through atmosphere, well-thought-out images, characters and stories search for morality in this world.”

Aslı Özarslan is a German documentary filmmaker with a degree in directing from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and an already impressive track-record of documentary features under her belt. Her feature film “ISLAND 36” focuses on a protest camp in Berlin set up by asylum seekers demanding better laws. To tell their story she chose the perspective of Napuli Paul Langa from Sudan, the only woman in the camp. Aslı and her crew filmed the won over the camp’s inhabitant over a one-year period navigating at times difficult access situations. “ISLAND 36” was nominated for the best student film at IDFA 2014. Also, nominated for best student film at IDFA was her graduation film the feature doc “Dil Leyla” which tells the story of the youngest Kurdish mayor in Turkey, Leyla Imret. The film follows her in her daily work as the mayor of Cizre, a town with a predominantly Kurdish population. The film takes an unexpected turn when tensions escalate into violent conflict around the general elections in 2015. To date it has garnered 6 nominations including one for the prestigious Max-Ophüls and the First Steps Award - and its festival circuit hasn’t ended yet! Aslı’s next projects include a psychic profile of Istanbul - part documentary, part fiction and a short film that plays in Germany.

Selected Filmography:

2016 Dil Leyla (Feature Doc)
2014 ISLAND 36 (Feature Doc)
2012 Bastards (Short Doc)