A new film about a mother struggle to bring it son back from Guantánamo prison examines how German someone is with the true story of one of the country’s Turkish migrants.
German director Andreas Dresen’s film ‘Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush’ which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday explores Turkish migrants place and identity in Germany today. He is one of 18 movies of the whole world world competetion for the Berlinale Film Festival Golden Bear prizeto be awarded on Wednesday.
“I think we have to ask ourselves: comment can we treat our childrenla children who were born here, no matter of their nationality?” Dresen told Reuters. in a meeting on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of Turks emigrated to Germany in the 1960s and 1970s in response to invitations from West Germany, which needed main-work for power son industrial post-boom of the war.
There is now a Turkish community of more more than 3 millions in the country but more than half still do not have German citizenship.
Based on real eventsthe Dresen movie tells story of “Rabiye”, the mother of Murat Kurnaz, a born and bred Turk in Germany, who took place in the United States military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002 for nearly five years without charge.
With patience, determination and a committed German lawyer, Rabiye campaigned for its sound is freedom. Between trips to Ankara and Washington and appeals to the German, American and Turkish authorities, and a trial against then US President George W. Bush, the mother of three wins battle and gets son boy back.
Rabiye is portrayed as an ordinary woman, whose sentences mix German and Turkish words, but whose belief in his soundThe innocence of proved to be stronger than the German and American bureaucracy politics.
“We had the idea to tell him storybecause we held the view It is good at know than the so-called “ordinary people’ can defend himself against the great powers of the world”Dresen said during a news conference on On Saturday.
German-Turkish actor Meltem Kaptan, who plays Rabiye, had long conversations with by Murat Kurnaz mother. “It was important for me to play both aspects; this sadness and vulnerability that she feels,” Kaptan said. ” Corn on on the other hand, this brilliant and great personality who can make everyone laugh.”
The film also sheds light on the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison it was set up at house foreigners suspected of terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001 on New York and Washington.