Umay Işık is a Kurdish documentary filmmaker and producer, born in 1998. After graduating in photography and filmmaking, Umay embarked on a journey of travel and self-discovery. He hitchhiked through numerous countries, collecting stories and experiences that would shape his artistic vision.
Umay's passion for storytelling led him to create his first short film, "Return To Poverty" (2020), which follows his grandmother's return to traditional Kurdish customs. The film was well-received in various festivals and garnered multiple awards.
In his debut feature-length documentary, "How Far Can We Go," Umay explores themes of representation within social structures. The film reflects his commitment to raising awareness and creating meaningful conversations around complex issues.
With a focus on using film to amplify underrepresented voices, Umay's work has become a vehicle for social change. He continues to inspire and educate audiences through his innovative and thought-provoking storytelling.
best documentary
Return To Poverty
golden lemur
st petersburg
2022
FICC awards section
Return To Poverty
Babel Film Festival
Cagliari
2021
Official Selection
Return To Poverty
Documentarist Istanbul Film Festival
Istanbul
2021
Competition Section
Return To Poverty
Slemani International Film Festival
Sulaymaniyah
2021
Official Selected
Return To Poverty
Moscow Kurdish Film Festival
moscow
2021
Official Selected
Return To Poverty
Berlin Kurdish Film Festival
Berlin
2020
College
YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Photography & Videography
20172021
Birth Date
July 15, 1998
Nickname
UMAY
Birth City
VAN
Current City
ISTANBUL
Hometown
VAN
Height
180
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Kurdish
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Cancer
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