Ümmiye Koçak who was born in Çelemli Village of Adana in 1957 as one of the ten siblings in her family and therefore did not have the opportunity to study beyond elementary although she wanted to pursue a higher level of education. However, that did not prevent her self-development through books. The first book she read was “Mother” by Maksim Gorki.
Moving to Arslanköy, a mountain village in Mersin, after she got married, she used a unqiue way to share with the outside world the experience of village women: setting up a theater ensemble of village women in 2001, “Arslanköy Women’s Theater Ensemble”.
The first play staged by the ensemble was “Taş Bademleri” by Remzi Özçelik. Next, they compiled their stories to produce a play called “Kadının Feryadı” (The Wialing of a Woman”. Ümmiye Koçak took the stage at the Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival in 2006 with the play “Hasret Çiçekleri”.
Saving the money she made working on the fields, she wrote the screenplay of the movie “Yün Bebek” (Cotton Doll) and directed it. Her movie debut, which made its premier at the 49th Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival brought Koçak the award “Best Eurasian Femal Artist in Movie” at the New York Eurasian Film Festival.
Ümmiye Koçak, 57, married for 32 years and mother of three wrote 11 plays. She performed 500 times on stage with the Arslanköy Women’s Theater Ensemble”, drawing about 30 thousand viewers to the theaters across Turkey.
Hayat Devam Ediyor
Adana International Theater Festival
Ankara International Theater Festival
Enterpreurship Award by Darüşşafaka Educational Institutions
Award at the Bornova International Festival for Female Artists
Support to Education Award by Toros College
Award by the NGOs (KADER) for Campaigning Against Violence Against Women
The Art Award of the Year by MESİAD, Mersin Association of Industrialists and Businessmen
Award for Support of 2012 School for Mothers project by TIKAV
Enterpreneurship Award by the Samsun NGO
New York Eurasian Film Festival: Best Female Artist in Movie
Yün Bebek (full-length film feature)
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