OSCAR SHORTS FILM REVIEW – Aysha – Living in a country riddled by war and destruction, existence and a way out is eked out by being smart, imaginative and quick-witted

Director, writer and producer Cengiz Akaygün has brought to life one moment in time of a family seeking that way out. The storyline is well scripted and covers the effect, emotionally, physically and mentally the war is having on this small family of three.

The mother, played by Halima Ilter, has seen much misery and her experience has hardened, her, she is pragmatic and a survivor not only for herself but also for her children, whatever the cost; even in these hardest of times her faith is strong.

The mother, played by Halima Ilter, has seen much misery and her experience has hardened, her, she is pragmatic and a survivor

Aysha, played by Jiyan Akaygün is still a child and growing up fast with the passing of each day; the pent up anguish of the cloak and shadow façade to survive is just too much, resulting in a rebellious outburst that is not directed at the mother or the sister but of the circumstance, the predicament they are in. 

Aysha, played by Jiyan Akaygün is still a child and growing up fast with the passing of each day; the pent up anguish of the cloak and shadow façade to survive is just too much, resulting in a rebellious outburs

 Ecem Türkmen plays the little sister, she is loyal to her mother, because with her is safety and love; horrified by her sibling attacking and injuring their mother and the feeling of hurt and pain for her mother she is unable to understand and comprehend what just happened.

The cinematography created by Kevin Hartfiel, is bleak and represents extremely well the effect of war. There is colour but it is covered well with the black and white composition of the film. 

The cinematography created by Kevin Hartfiel, is bleak and represents extremely well the effect of war.

Cengiz Akaygün has produced an excellent short that captures a rare essence in a war that dragged on for far too long.

A review by Sonia McCloud

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