ASLI ÖZARSLAN
Filmmaker
ASLI ÖZARSLAN was born in Berlin and spent her childhood in Germany. She studied theater and media in Bayreuth, philosophy in Paris and documentary directing at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. She has received several prestigious scholarships, including a grant from the Academy of Arts and 2017 a grant from the Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul. At the Mahalla festival she will show her film Insel 36 (Island36), a documentary about refugee protests in Berlin. For more than one year asylum seekers lived in tents on Oranienplatz to take a stand against isolation enforced upon them by German laws. Among them was only one woman, Napuli from Sudan – her objective: the change of asylum law. While some of the district’s residents do not want to have the refugees living in their neighborhood and politicians do not meet the refugees’ demands, Napuli tries to keep up spirits high.