Istanbul's trans-focused docudrama VOID to screen in San Francisco


On Monday, August 6th at 7:30 in San Francisco, HEAR+QWERE will host the private film screening of VOID. This short docudrama highlights the transgender experience of presenting Turkish identification cards.

For members of this community, conflicts can arise during some of the most basic bureaucratic procedures like purchasing mail orders at the post office, applying for change of residence, visa application, or renting a house.

During VOID's first San Francisco screening on Monday, a brief cocktail social will proceed the screening and a Skype Q&A with director Asya Leman will follow.

VOID director Asya Leman

VOID director Asya Leman

Asya, an Istanbul resident, has been making commercials and short videos as a freelancer since 2008. Asya also gives lectures on animation and editing at Istanbul Sehir University.

In May when HEAR+QWERE held a conversation session in partnership with Turkish activist organization SPoD, a group member mentioned seeing VOID. After returning from the trip, I was still curious about the film so I reached out to the director.

Asya volunteers at SPoD, the non-governmental organization which works on social policies related to gender identity and sexual orientation.


VOID is Asya's first documentary short. This screening is HEAR+QWERE's first event outside of the international conversation series that began in April.

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