Ever Since, I Have Been Flying

a film by Aylin Gökmen

Switzerland | 18' | 08/2023 | documentary

Vakıf, a 60-year-old Kurdish man who grew up in a nomadic tribe in the mountains of southeast Turkey, recalls moments from his youth that have shaped his life. He takes us back to his idyllic childhood with his mother, his first love found in a cotton field and lost in the woods, and the mistreatment suffered at the hands of the police, in a cold and dark place.

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Aylin Gökmen


Aylin Gökmen is a Swiss-Turkish artist, producer, and activist. She holds a B.A. in Arts from Lausanne University and an M.A. in Documentary Filmmaking from the DocNomads program. Her films combine documentary and fictional approaches, often revolving around themes of memory, imagination and landscape. Her graduation film SPIRITS AND ROCKS: AN AZOREAN MYTH had its World Premiere at Locarno and screened  internationally in over 60 festivals including Sundance and Telluride. Aylin is a member of the Executive Committee of SWAN (Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network) and a curator for Docs in Orbit, a transnational podcast that supports independent documentary filmmakers.


  • Spirits and Rocks: An Azorean Myth – 2020 – 14’ (graduation film)
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Director: Aylin Gökmen
Screenplay: Aylin Gökmen
Producer: Aylin Gökmen (A Vol d’Oiseau)
Executive Producers: Séverine Tibi (Sevana Films)
Cinematographer: Victor Maes
Sound Recording: Utku Gürler
Sound Design: Philippe Ciompi
Editor: Aylin Gökmen
Composer: Yom


  • Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland (2 – 12 August, 2023)
    Pardi di domani – National Competition
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (7 – 17 September, 2023)
    Short Cuts
  • Camden International Film Festival, United States (14 – 17 September, 2023) 
    Official Selection


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills & directors’ photos: Click here

English and French dialogue lists: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Excerpts: Click here

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