Elaha | SproutsFF23

Elaha | SproutsFF23

Elaha by Milena Aboyan

Dutch Premiere | 2023 | Germany | 110 minutes

debut competition


With her wedding day approaching no longer virgin Elaha finds herself split between Kurdish culture and sexual liberation. Her quest to surgically reconstruct her hymen lays bare a questionable practice that is still an everyday occurrence. Elaha is a self-determined woman setting her own rules to sexuality in this vivid, authentic film that rightfully stays close to its multilayered protagonist. 


Following the screening on May 13th, there will be a Q&A-session with director Milena Aboyan.

The film is part of Sprouts Film Festival 2023, which will be held May 10-14. For more information about our festival and the SproutsFF23 films , click here. All selected feature films are competing for the Audience Award, so please do not forget to cast your vote when leaving the screening room. A three-headed jury consisting of industry professionals is in charge of selecting a winner from the films in the Debut Competition, while a three-headed jury of sustainability oriented students will do the same for the Eco Competition and the Eco Shorts Program.


All SproutsFF23 films are English subtitled, except for How to Blow Up a Pipeline and Vesper (which are English spoken and Dutch subtitled).

Regie: Milena Aboyan

Cast: Bayan Layla, Armin Wahed, Derya Dilber, Derya Durmaz

Land: Germany

Speelduur: 110 min

Taal: German

Ondertiteling: English

Jaar: 2023


Still Elaha | SproutsFF23
Still Elaha | SproutsFF23