Beș ━━━ (2022)
Ayla Çekin Satijn
Asli, a young, Turkish woman, no longer lives in the village where she grew up. She has a girlfriend with whom she lives, and has built a life of her own. Here, she doesn’t have to define herself to anyone. She desperately wants to go to Irem’s engagement party but is scared that her old friends won’t accept her. She has the prejudice that they won’t welcome her and her sexuality. When the ritual at the henna party starts, Asli suddenly sees her younger self. The encounter with the girl reminds her of her youth, when the group of friends played together without judgment and enjoyed each other’s company without a care. This memory reassures Asli and makes her realise she is safe and allowed to be who she is. And through this, she understands that she harbours the biggest prejudice and once more feels connected with her Turkish background.