Amina

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    Amina

    Directed by

    Turkey

    2019

    70 min

    • French
    • Turkish
    • Wolof

    Documentary

    Amina is a 29-year-old Senegalese woman who works as a dress model in a textile company in Istanbul. Leaving her daughter behind, she immigrated to Turkey 7 years ago to earn money and to take care of her daughter’s needs. Amina faces many challenges each day in Turkey as an African woman. While she fights against these difficulties she’s going through with the hope that she will go back to her daughter and her country, she also dreams of being a real model one day. As an immigrant, Amina is in two minds between her realities and her dreams.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Amina et al.
    Screenplay
    Kıvılcım Akay
    Cinematography
    Meryem Yavuz
    Editing
    Eytan Ipeker
    Music
    Erdem Helvacıoglu
    Production
    ARTHOOD ENTERTAINMENT
    Kıvılcım Akay

    Kıvılcım Akay

    Turkey

    Born and raised in the Aegean city of İzmir in Turkey. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Akdeniz University Cinema and Television department. She formed and managed ’KISSAFEST’, the National Student Film Festival which gained popularity from the national press. After 2008, she decided to continue her life in Istanbul and until 2009 produced and directed music videos for a German Music company. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked for many different projects for advertisement agencies as an agency coordinator and copyrighter. At the beginning of 2011 she started her own company Akaylar Production. The company produced the first Turkish Fashion documentary MODANIN YUZYILI (A CENTURY OF FASHION) which was aired on TRT (Turkish Radio Television) throughout 4 episodes. In 2014, she completed another documentary, MY WISH IS PEACE, in which she worked as the producer and the director. This film called for peace in the world from children’s point of view, it had its world premiere at the Istanbul International FF. AMINA (2019) is her most recent documentary film.

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