Film Info: I Broke My Future - Paradies Europa

I Broke My Future - Paradise Europe (I Broke My Future - Paradies Europa)

I Broke My Future - Paradise Europe
Scenes from "I Broke My Future - Paradise Europe" (photo © Cardo Film)

Hundreds of thousands of Africans head to Europe every year. They flee from poverty, political persecution or war, thereby often risking their life. Only very few manage to enter an EU country.

Fela, Karim, Rachid and Daren made it to Germany and thought they had reached the destination of their dreams. But instead, they are confronted with restrictive asylum laws and their consequences. On the edge of society, they live and work illegally in Berlin and are subjected almost daily to police identity checks and the subsequent punishments. The only way out for them is to find a German woman to marry.

They are slowly realizing that they have not only given up their homeland for their life in Europe, but are bit by bit also losing their identity and dignity. Dreams of a normal life seem unreachable and the only feelings left are resignation, anger and desperation. However, to their families in Africa they continue to say that they have arrived and live in ‘Paradise Europe’.


Carla Gunnesch was born in 1974 in Bucharest/Romania and grew up in Heidelberg and Cologne. She studied Economics in Berlin and London while also attending seminars for further education in Cinematography in Hamburg and Cologne. She is also active as a screenplay editor and freelance author.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2006
Director Carla Gunnesch
Screenplay Carla Gunnesch
Cinematography Jakub Bejnarowicz
Martin Kohlmann
Henning Brandt
Producer Carla Gunnesch
Production Company Cardo Film/Berlin, in co-production with Kohlmann Media Production/Duesseldorf, Digital Images/Halle (Saale)
Length 80 min
Format color
Original Version
 German/English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals San Francisco Black Film Festival 2007, Ueber Morgen 2007
German Distributors BFilm Verleih/Berlin, STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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