Film - New German Cinema


Directed by Jan Hendrik Lübbers


Director: Jan Hendrik Lübbers
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2024
Language: English, Ewe, Ga, Ghanaian Pidgin English, Hausa, Twi
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Barnabas Kwaku Tinkorang, Atika Jumaih Bashiru, Raphael Kpakpo Allotey, Garvin Ahialey
18+ (no age rating)


A world premiere: Docufiction about sports, friendship, and finding oneself.

In the busy streets of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, four friends experience the challenges of coming of age. Their lives are defined by uncertain plans for the future, complicated father-son relationships, sexual stereotypes, and fear of letting go of childhood innocence. The basketball court offers a fun escape from everyday life.

Show calendar


  • (only P&I)
    City 3
  • After the film: Q&A with Jan Hendrik Lübbers and team

    City 2
  • After the film: Q&A with Jan Hendrik Lübbers and team

    HFF Kino 1
  • After the film: Q&A with Jan Hendrik Lübbers and team

    HFF Kino 2

Meet the director


Jan Hendrik Lübbers

Jan Hendrik Lübbers, born in 1999, volunteered as a basketball coach in Accra, Ghana, for eleven months after he graduated from high school. In 2023, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in directing from the International Film School Cologne. He has long been interested in approaching the coming-of-age genre through a documentary about sports. In his hybrid graduation film O CHALE, he revisits Accra and his passion for basketball.


Screenplay: Jan Hendrik Lübbers
Director of Photography: Jonas Thibaut
Film Editor: Hannes Gabelmann
Composer: Sinan Pakar, Kelvin Thebra, Aaron Schirk
Sound: Hannes Gabelmann
Sound design: Hannes Gabelmann, Ivan Kolesov, André Bendocchi-Alves
Producer: Julius Nerlich
Production Company: ifs internationale filmschule köln gGmbH, ifs internationale filmschule köln gGmbH