Ummah (Among Friends) Directed
Cüneyt Kaya Germany / 2013 / 104 minutes US Premiere
German with English subtitles
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After killing two skinheads in a failed operation against NeoNazis, young undercover intelligence agent Daniel Klemm finds a hiding place and new friends in Berlin’s Arab community. Realistic and witty, Berlin filmmaker Cueneyt Kaya shows the rapprochement of two worlds which seem violently opposed. Wounded physically and psychologically, Daniel’s cultural isolation breaks down as he becomes integrated into the Islamic community. Stereotypes vanish as we gain human perspective on a culture too often seen as radicalized. Here family bonds are strong, and Daniel's physical and psychological wounds begin to heal. But unable or unwilling to intervene when his friends are stopped and harassed by the police, Daniel feels the impotence of his own inaction. Is there redemption? And why do we fear the stranger? This is assured filmmaking, unflinching and timely. -Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.
Cüneyt Kaya was born in 1980 in Berlin where he still lives and works today. After his A
levels, he studied mathematics at the Freie Universität Berlin before he eventually turned
to filmmaking. Between 2004 and 2006 he made several documentaries on behalf of the
European Union about refugees in Europe. He researched in England, Poland, Italy and
Spain and shot over several months together with local filmmakers. In 2005 he launched
his own film production company, All Ahead Film, with integrated equipment rental. To
this day it is one of the leading RED camera suppliers in Berlin. In 2009 and 2010 he
worked with Hans Weingartner on the film Die Summe Meiner Einzeinen Teile as
writer and codirector.
Friends is his feature film debut as a director.
Cast/Featuring: Daniel Klemm, Frederick Lau, Kida Khodr Ramadan, Burak Yigit, Mona Pirzad, Sami Nasser, Robert Schupp
Executive Producer(s): Sarah Blasskiewitz
Producer(s): Angélique Kommer, Cüneyt Kaya, Anatol Nitschke, Hans Weingartner
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