Film screening and conversation with Manuela Bojadžijev, Sema Poyraz and Can Candan

(Can Candan, 2000, USA/Turkey, 83 min.)
in Turkish, German and English with mit German subtitles

In 1991, both two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 30th anniversary of the guest worker agreement, Turkish filmmaker Can Candan interviewed members of Berlin's Turkish community about their experiences around German reunification and the racist violence that came along with it at the beginning of the 90s.

The screening is followed by a conversation with Sema Poyraz and Can Candan. They consider the extent to which this historical event impacts post-migrant lives today.

Can Candan works as an independent filmmaker and research assistant at the Bogazici University in Istanbul. He is a founding member of docIstanbul, a centre for documentary film studies. His films include: Exodus (1991), Duvarlar-Walls-Walls (2000), 3 Saat/3 Hours (2008) and Benim Cocugum/My Child (2012).

Sema Poyraz, born in Zonguldak, Turkey, in 1950,  emigrated to Germany in 1961 and studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Since 1980 she has worked as a freelance author, director and actress. Her film production Gölge – Zukunft der Liebe (1980) can be considered an early precursor of German-Turkish cinema.

Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev is Vice-Director of BIM, the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research, and Professor for Globalised Cultures at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. 

Film by
Can Candan