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 colorful 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 favorite 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