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Little Bit of Freedom, A (Kleine Freiheit)

Little Bit of Freedom, A
Cagdas Bozkurt, Leroy Delmar

Set in Hamburg’s immigrant district of Altona, home to the world-famous red light district, the Reeperbahn, A Little Bit of Freedom tells the unusual story of the friendship between two young men.

Baran is a Kurd whose relatives have helped him to come to Germany after the death of his parents. His asylum application was rejected just shy of his sixteenth birthday. No stranger to hard work, he survives by running errands for a Turkish fast-food restaurant, which take him from the finest apartments to the lowest clip joints - confronting him with the district’s many realities.

Not until Baran encounters the seventeen-year old Chernor - also an illegal and stateless immigrant – does his life gain impetus. The two are drawn together. But while Chernor tries to finance his future by dealing drugs, Baran’s past catches up with him…


Yueksel Yavuz was born in Karakocan/Turkey in 1964 and moved to Germany in 1980 where he studied Economics and Sociology in Hamburg from 1986-1989. He has been involved in the film industry since 1990 and studied Visual Communication at Hamburg's Academy of Fine Arts from 1992-1996. His films include: Die Hoch-Zeit (video short, 1992), Coromandel (video short, 1993), Freedom Pension (video short, 1993), 100 und eine Mark (short, 1994), Mein Vater, der Gastarbeiter (documentary, 1995), his first feature film The April Children (Aprilkinder, 1998) and A Little Bit of Freedom (Kleine Freiheit, 2002).
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Yueksel Yavuz
Screenplay Yueksel Yavuz
Cinematography Patrick Orth
Lars Spaeth
Beatrice Schultz
Cast Sunay Girisken, Susanna Rozkosny, Necmettin Cobanoglu, Nazmi Kirik, Leroy Delmar, Çagdaş Bozkurt
Producers Ralph E. Cotta, Peter Stockhaus
Production Companies Cotta Media Entertainment/Berlin, Peter Stockhaus Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ZDF
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Turkish
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2003, Cannes 2003 (Directors' Fortnight), Giffoni 2003 (in competition), Warsaw 2003, Cambridge 2003, The Hamptons 2003, Copenhagen 2003, Oslo 2003, Thessaloniki 2004
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor b.film Verleih/Berlin

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