Am Rande der Städte (In the Outskirts)

Director: Aysun Bademsoy, Germany 2006, 83 min.

"Deutschländer" are Turkish people, which removed back to Turkey after decades in Germany. For many of them their assumed home dismantles as strange: Insular from the environment, they live in apartment- complexes in the outskirts like all-inclusive-tourists. The German-Turkish filmmaker Aysun Bademsoy explores the living-conditions in this colonies and creates a film diary. The results of the research show a video-installation and a documentary movie in the end.


Director: Buket Alakus, Germany 2000/2001, 86 min.

The Turkish Anam, the German Rita and the Southafrican Didi are working in Berlin as cleaners. Working togehter they become even though theirs characters are very different.


Director: Ralf Jesse, Natascha Breuers, Germany 2007, 52 min.

In this film project young migrants from Germany tell about their experiences regarding their residence permits.

Angst essen Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul)

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany, 1973/74, 89 min.

Sixty-year-old Emmi has three grown children and works as a housekeeper to supplement her retirement check. She meets and falls in love with young Moroccan man named Ali. When they decide to marry, everything and everyone turns against them.


Director: Ognjen Svilicic, Croatia/Germany/ Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007, 82 min.
Empathetic Father-Son Story from the Balkans

The 14-years-old Armin and his father Ibro are travelling from their little town in Bosnia to Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Ibro is taking Armin on audition for a film about war in Bosnia, produced by a German film company. For Ibro it's important that this journey ends with success. After a journey with many exertions they arrive and are confrontated with a world which rules they don`t know and can`t handle.

Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)

Director: Fatih Akin, Germany/ Turkey, 2007, 122 min.

Akin's latest movie is about a father and son, and a mother and a daughter; it's also about the gulf and gap between Europe and Turkey, between the West and Islam, between repentance and forgiveness.

Aventura Alemania – Abenteuer Deutschland

Director: Initiative Wiesbadener Medienzentrum e.V./ Manuel Ibarz, Germany 2004, 11 min.

The Manuel Ibarz of Spanish origin tells about his emigration 1959 to Germany. He remembers his hopes and dreams and reports about his experiences and draws a balance 45 years after.

Dann lieber gleich ins falsche Paradies (Than rather directly in the wrong paradise)

Director: Imad Karim, Germany 1993, 45 min.

A documentary about a group of asylum seekers during their first three months in Germany.

Der Test (The test)

Director: Güclü Yaman, Germany 2007, 1 min 28.

A satirical short story about the test for naturalization in Germany.

Elephantenherz (Elephant Heart)

Director: Züli Aladag, Germany 2001/02, 100 min.

Once you're in, you gotta win. Marco was born into a world that never really left him much of a chance. The young man is the offspring of a low social class, broken family living in the ugly suburban environment of a German ex-coalminer's city.

Fair Trade - Die Straße von Gibraltar

Director: Michael Dreher, Germany 2005, 15 min.

The shortest distance and at the same time most evident border between Africa and Europe is the Strait of Gibraltar. "Fair trade" is one of the stories that happen there everyday.

Fear I have not - Angst hab ich keine

Director: Veronika Dimke, Germany 2009, 50 min., German

For years, Regina Kiwanuka has campaigned for democratisation in Uganda - now she is fighting for a more humane asylum policy in Germany. She knows what she's talking about. For a whole year, she fought for her right to asylum, right in the centre of Nuremberg.
The artist Veronika Dimke accompanied the human rights activist for 12 months and assembled a sympathetic filmic portrait of a strong and committed woman.
Without any narrative commentary, the filmmaker examines the direct impact of German asylum laws on those who are subjected to their arbitrariness. She also explores how little the general German public knows about the subject, even though there are sometimes centres for asylum seekers in their vicinity. In her film, she portrays some of the brave people in Germany who never tire of drawing attention to the situation. It is the first in a series of films about female refugees in Bavaria.

Gangsterläufer (Gangster runner)

Director: Christian Stahl, Germany, 2011, 90 Min.

The journalist and documentary maker Christian Stahl accompanies a Palestinian refugee family living in Berlin-Neukölln over a period of several years. Main character of the documentary is Yehya, the 15-year old son, who is being registered as an „intensive offender“.

Gegen die Wand (Against the wall)

Director: Fatih Akin, Germany/Turkey 2004, 116 min.

The film deals with the problems of a young Turkish-German woman attempting to free herself from the confining moral universe of her conservative family.

Heimat in der Fremde (Home in foreign land)

Director: Fabian Gießler, Germany 2005, 22 min.

Different generations of so called “Russia-Germans” tell about their memories, dreams and their current life: About the problems and hopes in search of their identity in the German society.

Holunderblüte -Elder Blossom

Director: Volker Koepp, Germany 2007, 89 min.

This film takes us to the village of Gastellovo in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave bordered by Poland and Lithuania. This territory was formerly part of north–eastern Prussia. After the Second World War, Stalin deported the German population and the area was settled by people from all over the Soviet Union. Director Volker Koepp tells the stories of children from the third generation of these new residents. The camera unobtrusively follows them while they work and play. It lets them talk about themselves, show their drawings and read their favourite passages from books. In an agricultural region where churches have become dilapidated and are used as granaries, the boundaries between human dwellings and the wildness of nature have become blurred in this visually impressive documentary. What makes an even stronger impression is the difference between the children's world and the world of adults, who often succumb to alcohol in this godforsaken place. What future awaits these boys and girls, who have their dreams and who have already got it into their heads that they are never going to drink? Will they have the strength to change things? Or will they follow the example of their forebears?

Ich gehe jetzt rein (In the game)

Director: Aysun Bademsoy, Germany 2008, 72 min.

After ten years, director Aysun Bademsoy returns to the five protagonists of her two documentaries about a Turkish women's football team from Berlin. The young women who were once united by an inseparable friendship now lead their own considerably different lives. Nevertheless, their stories still have something in common. Previously, it was their love for a sport which is still primarily perceived as a man's domain. Today, it is the issue of Turkish women's position in a society where they are an ethnic minority. Finding a good job or enrolling one's child in a "German" school is almost impossible, even though the reigning system of integration is ostensibly accommodating. Consequently, these ladies are hampered by two prejudices. Moreover, as Turkish females they are supposed to fulfil the expectations associated with the traditional role of women in society. This movie shows how difficult it is in the short term to deal with inequality in society and how much more remains to be done on both sides of the fence. While legislation can be changed relatively quickly, altering people's mindsets will probably take several generations. Finding and asserting one's freedom therefore remains the most difficult task.

Jannan - Die Abschiebung (The deportation)

Director: Tim van Beveren, Germany 1984-1986, 102 min.

Inspired by several real single destinies of in Germany living foreigners and asylum seekers the film tells the story of the young Kurd Jannan, which takes refuge to Germany, to get away from the political persecution in his Turkish homeland.

Kanak Attak

Director: Lars Becker, Germany 1999/2000, 89 min.

Ertan Ongun is a 25-year-old Turk living in Kiel in Germany. His parents own a snack stand, but his real family has been the local Turkish gangs. His life - like those of his friends - is characterized by the daily fight for respect and acceptance, growing up in a country he can never call home.

Kurz und Schmerzlos (Short Sharp Shock)

Director: Fatih Akin, Germany 1998, 100 min.

Costa, a Greek; Bobby, a Serb; Gabriel, a Turk: they used to be a neighborhood gang in Hamburg Altona. One for all, all for one. But much has changed since Gabriel went to prison. He has decided to grow up, but his buddies are holding him back.

Neukölln Unlimited

Director: Agostino Imondi, Germany, 2010, 96 Min.

The Neukölln of the media stands for insecurity, gangs and drug dealing. But is that really all? The family Akkouch is a „typical“ family from Neukölln: she is young, creative and always finds a way out. The eldest son Hassan is a German champion in Breakdance, the daughter Lial promotes a boxing business and the youngest son Maradona might become the next German Supertalent. But one problem remains unsolved: The Akkouchs come from the Lebanon, fleeing from the civil war, and have just an exceptional leave to remain in Germany.

Rosalinds Elefant

Director: Thomas Draeger, Germany 1988, 40 min.

In 1951 refugees from Silisian get accommodation in the house of family Berger. They live in the attic: Grandmother Libudka, her stepdaughter Grete and Edel, her daughter. The refugees are treated as unwelcomed guests by family Berger.

Schwarzfahrer (Fare Dodger)

Director: Pepe Danquart, Germany 1992, 12 min.

In the tram an old lady is sitting next to a man with black skin. She takes this opportunity to blame him with several popular prejudices against asylum seekers. The surrounding passengers remain passive, just as the victim, who  listens the reproaches motionless, until… a ticket inspection is taking place. In the end, the inspection shows which of the both is the black sheep.

Vielleicht bin ich morgen schon weg

Director: Medienwerkstatt Formatwechsel e.V., Germany 2007, 14 min.

A short film project by and about youths living in Berlin. A large number of them with a so-called migration background has an uncertain residence status and is therefore threatened by deportation. The film wants to find a new acces to a topic that concerns all of us but is often treated individually. It aims at developing impulses for an intercultural, cross-generational dialogue and at finding solutions regarding human rights and dignity.

Welcome Europa

Director : Bruno Ulmer, France 2006, 90 min.

A haunting documentary that depicts the portrait of ten young immigrants, accompanied by Bruno Ulmer throughout several months in different European countries. Arriving from Romania, Morocco, Turkey, they were pushed by the hope for a better life. But in longed for Europe they find themselves struggling for bare survival, without documents and working permits, discovering soon that no place is left for illusions. While portraying the intimate, daily struggle to conserve their dignity in a merciless environment, the film reflects the bitter outgrowths of the Schengen agreement and the contradictions of wealthy Europe.


Director: Hark Bohm, Germany 1987/1988, 86 min.

The film tells the love story between the 17-year old girl Yasemin, daughter of a Turkish immigrant, and Jan, a 20-year old student from Hamburg-Altona.

40qm Deutschland ("Forty Square Meters of Germany")

Director: Tevfik Baser, Germany 1985/86, 80 min.
Film about the conditions of the migrants lives ‘on foreign soil,’:  the foreigner was depicted as little more than a tolerated and exploited, oppressed and humiliated guest worker in an arrogant, ignorant, and prejudiced society.




Arntz, M./Gregory T./Lehmer, F.: Unequal pay or unequal employment?, 2012

Cho, S.: Human Trafficken, A Shadow of Migration, 2012

Flake, R.: Multigenerational Living Arrangements among Migrants, 2012

International Migration Outlook: SOPEMI Report: Germany, 2012

Zibrowius, M.: Convergence or Divergence? Immigrant wage assimilation patters in Germany, 2012

Constant, A./Tien, B.:Germany´s Immigration Policy and Labor Shortages, 2011

Detention in Europe: Germany, 2011

Heckmann, F.: Recent Developments of Integration Policy in Germany and Europe.2010

Höhne, J./Koopmans, R.:Host-country cultural capital and labour market trajectories of migrants in Germany, 2010

Sachverständigenrat dt. Stiftungen für Integration und Migration: Einwanderungsgesellschaft 2010

ECRI-Report: Germany, 2009

Parusel, B.: Unaccompanied Minors in Germany, 2009

Damelang, A./ Steinhardt, M.: Integration Policy at a Regional Level in Germany, 2008

Melotti, U.: Migratory policies and political cultures, 2008

Country Profile Germany, 2007

Guth, J.: Triggering Skilled Migration: Factors Influencing the Mobility of Early Career Scientists to Germany, 2007

Kahanec, M/Tosun, M.: Political Economy of Immigration in Germany: Attitudes and Citizenship Aspirations, 2007

Kontos, M.: Female Migrants: Policy Analysis, 2006

Oezcan, V.: Germany: Immigration in Transition, 2004

Penninx, R.: Integration: The Role of Communities, Institutions, and the State, 2003

Independent Commission on Migration to Germany: Structuring Immigration, Fostering Integration, 2001