UK premiere of feature film Wish to Wash with Rain on the impact of domestic violence


This Friday, King’s College London will screen Wish to Wash with Rain / Yağmurlarda Yıkansam (2016), a heart-wrenching film about a young woman forced to face up to her traumatic childhood. The film is the award-winning debut feature of director Gülten Taranç, who will also be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Wish to Wash with Rain looks at the life of those left behind when women are murdered. The drama tells the story of a Hale, a woman in her mid-30s who went by the name of Gamze as a child. A surprise marriage proposal by Hale’s boyfriend Engin brings her past crashing into sharp focus, forcing her to recollect the terrible experiences she witnessed as a teenager, the scars of which have shaped her through adulthood.

Neither the rain, nor Engin can erase Hale’s harrowing past. The only way she can come to terms with these terrible memories and move beyond them is by confronting her childhood as Gamze.

Turkish filmmaker Gülten Taranç has been documenting women’s issues and domestic violence since 2010

The free screening of the film and Q&A is being jointly arranged by Yunus Emre Institute London and King’s College London. Interviewing Gülten Taranç will be academic and media commentator Dr Eylem Atakav. A Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, Dr Atakav is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema, and also directed Growing Up Married, a short film about middle aged women in Turkey talking about their lives as child brides. They will be joined on stage for the Q&A by Dr Iain Robert Smith, a lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London.

Most tickets for this special premiere have already gone, so register fast to guarantee your place on Friday.

Screening details

Film: Wish to Wash with Rain / Yağmurlarda Yıkansam (2016)

Date: Friday 3rd November 2017

Language: Turkish with subtitles

Start time: Doors open at 6pm, film starts 6.30pm

Venue: Arthur and Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre, Room S-2.18, 2nd basement floor, Strand Building King’s College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

Tickets: Tickets are FREE, but prior registration is required either via Eventbrite or by emailing: