Zephyr | 2011
In the rural Turkish countryside, we meet eleven-year-old Zephyr who seems to care only about the past. Zephyr's thoughts are punctuated by departures. Her mother, Ay, a globetrotting activist, has carved deep holes in her daughter's emotional stability owing to her frequent absences. Left to the care of her stoic grandparents, Zephyr struggles with a heavy sense of loss. With no father in the picture and starved for her mother's attention, she is stuck in pre-teen limbo and unsure of her fledgling identity. The only thing that comes full circle in Zephyr's world is the procession of day into night. Unable to deal with the reality of her longing, Zephyr finds refuge in a sequence of dreams where she conjures images of her mother as smiling and supportive. Sadly, Zephyr's vision remains chimerical, until one day something happens.