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LINGUISTICS - European Movie Night - "Almanya: Welcome to Germany" (2011, Germany/ German, with English subtitles)

Date Dec 5, 2013
Time 7:00 pm  
Location Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Cost Free and open to the public.
Sponsor European Union Center; Less Commonly Taught Languages Program, Dept. of Linguistics
Contact Kim Rice
Event type Film Screening
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It’s not easy “assimilating” comedy into a depiction of Europe’s troubled relations with its migrant workers. But that’s exactly what ALMAYNA: WELCOME TO GERMANY does with the past and present of one Turkish-German family as they stumble through two countries to ask one question: “Who am I?”

Forty-five years ago, Huseyin (Vedat Erincin) came to Germany from Turkey as a Gastarbeiter (a guest worker). Now, as a full German citizen, he’s taking seven of his family members back to his home village and a life that his grandchildren can barely imagine. Meanwhile, Huseyin’s grandson, Cenk (Rafael Koussouris), tries to do exactly that: imagine the absurd hurdles that his grandfather had to clear on the way to his new home, like an immigration official who insists on the importance of pork consumption.

Its opening and closing credits may roll to archival footage of Germany’s guest worker program, but ALMAYANA is more feel-good comedy than social commentary. Still, in the 45 years and thousands of kilometres between Hamburg and Anatalya, Huseyin’s family finds plenty of life to experience.

In German with subtitles in English.

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