The Turkish-Kurdish script writer and director Ayse Polat (b. 1970, Turkey) has lived in Germany since she was eight. She studied German, philosophy and cultural sciences, and while she was studying, made films as an autodidact. Her second film, En garde, won several awards, including Silver Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the International Film Festival in Locarno (2004) and the German Film Critics Award for Best Fiction Film 2005.
Fremdennacht (1992, kort), Ein Fest für Beyhau (1994, kort), Gräfin Sophia Hatun (1997), Yurtdisi turnesi (1999), Auslandstournee (2000), En garde (2004), Luks Glück (2010), Die Erbin (2013)