Director of Photography
Amina, an immigrant from Senegal, works as an in-store model for a textile company in İstanbul. Leaving her daughter behind, she moved to Turkey seven years ago to make money and fund her daughter’s upbringing. While she contends with the challenges of day-to-day life hoping eventually to go back to her country and her daughter, she also dreams of becoming a successful model one day. Amina finds herself caught between the realities of immigrant life and her more colorful dreams.
She graduated from the Akdeniz University Department of Cinema & Television in 2008. Akay founded her own production company, Akay Film, in 2011. Besides producing and documentary filmmaking, she also works in contemporary art. Her documentaries include Modanın 100 Yılı / 100 Years of Fashion (2013), Dileğim Barış Olsun / My Wish is Peace (2014), Amina (2019).