Birsen (English)

A documentary about Birsen Basar, a young Dutch-Turkish woman with autism struggling to find her way in the Dutch and Turkish society.

49 minutes
Languages: Dutch and Turkish
Subtitles available: Dutch, Turkish and English


Birsen Basar is diagnosed with autism when she is 21. She is relieved to finally know why she is different. But soon she realizes that people’s expectations don’t change. In the Turkish society little is known about autism, so she tries to raise awareness for the problem, publishes two books and gives presentations.

The filmmakers take us along in Birsen’s life at home, at her work and with friends. With her mother she recalls the lonely times in her youth.

Birsen is a vivid portrait of a woman searching for her way and fighting for acceptance.