Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2023


Directed by Erol Afşin


Director: Erol Afşin
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2022
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Kida Khodr Ramadan, Halima Ilter, Emir Kadir Taskin, Nicolas Garin, Sohel Altan Gol
18+ (no age rating)


Based on real events, this surprising debut feature film is as powerful as it is poetic in its indictment of everyday racism in Germany.

Amal, Omar, and their son Ahmad are a happy Arab family living in Germany. At the playground, they encounter a man named Franz. The situation gets out of hand when Franz insults and attacks Amal because of her headscarf. The case goes to court, but an incident during the hearing changes everything for the family.

Meet the director


Erol Afşin

Erol Afşin was born in Adana, Turkey, and came to Germany at the age of 19 to pursue his passion for the arts. While training to be an actor, he performed on stage and in films nationally and abroad, including in Palestine. He completed his studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts as the only graduate with a screenplay. In 2015, Afşin made his first short film, THE WAY, which tells the story of a woman who converts to Islam through her husband, but later divorces him because he does not follow the rules of the religion. Afşin has appeared in numerous German and international films, including the film MUSTANG, which was nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2016 Oscars. In 2019, he shot a short documentary that follows the journey of a Palestinian and a European to Palestine, revealing the challenges they face. Most recently, he shot the short film TIME in August 2022. He is currently working on his next feature film, CENK: TRÄUME HINTER DEN KULISSEN. Today, Afşin is a German citizen, and he lives in Berlin.


Screenplay: Erol Afşin
Director of Photography: Emrah Celik
Production Designer: Michael Schindlmeier
Costume Design: Bastian Kummert
Sound: Elias Hamman
Make-up artist: Vanessa Warkalla
Producer: Hannes Heidenreich, Christoph Fisser, Erol Afşin, Kida Khodr Ramadan, Frederick Lau
Production Company: Stereo Films München GmbH, Brücke Films, Macadamia & Mothermilk