Ayse Toprak

Ayse Toprak



Ayse Toprak is a filmmaker based in Istanbul. She received a BFA in Film & TV from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA from the New School. Her work experience includes Channel Thirteen/PBS in New York, and producing for Al Jazeera in London, Doha and Istanbul.
Ayse is interested in how documentaries, their subjects and colourful characters have far-reaching impacts on society. With that, films that manage to trigger a national dialogue on neglected issues, brake prejudices or breach hitherto taboo subjects became her favourite medium, as well as personal and professional ambition. She is fascinated by people who are pushed to the peripheries of society who have personal, vivid, compelling stories. Her conviction in filmmaking comes from her wish to tell the stories of such people who she feels have different ways of looking at the world, each very unique in their own ways.

Films Selection

  • Mr Gay Syria - 2017
  • Another Spring In Iraq - 2014
  • The Cover Story - 2014
  • Schools On The Edge - 2013
  • Land Ties - 2013
  • Don’t Tell Us Fairytales - 2012