When Khalil, a primary school teacher in Berlin, gets hold of images of war from his Kurdish hometown of Cizre, he is forced to question his entire life in Berlin.
Khalil is a primary school teacher and lives with his journalist girlfriend Leyla in Berlin. When she shows him war videos from his hometown in Turkey – the Kurdish town of Cizre, Khalil's orderly life starts to slip out of his hands: he recognizes his sister, who was declared dead years ago, in the amateur footage. He tries to get in contact with her through the Kurdish community. But in return for their help, they want him to get the war videos into the German news. But no broadcaster is interested: other conflicts have a higher news value. Only when Khalil and Leyla decide to manipulate the videos, they finally get the media attention they wanted: news reports and political debates pick up speed. But when the conflict reaches Khalil's school class, he realizes that it is no longer just a question of winning the competition for the news attention, but of protecting his own life in Berlin.
Hadi Khanjanpour: Khalil
Kristin Suckow: Leyla
Jeanette Hain: Chefredakteurin
Aziz Capkurt: Hamid
Jacob Matschenz: Jakob
Writer/Director: Florian Hoffmann
Director of Photography: Carmen Treichl
Sound Engineer: Adel Gamehdar
Editor: Marco Rottig
Producer: Alexander Wadouh
Producer: Roxana Richters
Co-Producer: Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin
Commissioning editor: Jörg Schneider
Florian Hoffmann was born in 1987 in Berlin.
After high school graduation, he works in development cooperation in West Africa. Afterwards he completes studies of ethnology, sociology and politics at the University of Basel. Since 2011 he is a director at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin dffb.
Audience Award, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2021
Fischer Audience Award, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2021
European Work in Progress Zoom Medienfabrik Award, 2020
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