Recent Works

The last divided capital in Europe: ‘Do they want us to believe we should be separated?’ – video

For 45 years a wall has cut Nicosia in half. But now some young Cypriots are risking prison – and the wrath of their elders – by refusing to take up arms against each other.
Shooting co-directors with Max Duncan

Shooting co-directors Ekin Çalışır & Max Duncan

photo by Hayal Gezer


Zahra sokak, Hisarüstü, Arabahmet, Lefkoşa

Starring Superwomen, Evilous men and freedom fighters. Stay with da riddim and the riddim love the beating.

Director/Producer/Scriptwriter/Co-Editor: Aycan Garip
Director of Photography/ Co-Editor: Ekin Çalışır
Post Production: Purple Pigeon Productions

Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?

Director: Ayse Toprak
Producer/ Videographer (b cam): Ekin Çalışır
Co-producers: Christine Kiauk & Antoine Simkine

Director/ Producer: Ekin Calisir
Executive Producer: Xanthe Ackerman


A Day of Protest. Parents fighting against imposition of Sunni Islam in schools in Istanbul

Director/Writer: Ekin Calisir
Producer: Fatma Korunoglu
Editor: Burcak Yurdakul

Being a woman taxi driver is tricky in the streets of Istanbul. Or many would think so.