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Cemile (Cemile oder das Maerchen von der Hoffnung)

Cemile

The young Kurd Cemile gets through life on her own with her children in the southeast of Turkey. She goes a long time without any news of her husband, for he had to flee to Germany after taking part in a forbidden demonstration in Istanbul. One day, Cemile is raped on a plantation as she tries to get something to eat for her children. Kasim is subsequently deported from Germany. Returning home unexpectedly, he makes his wife go along with him to the village of his father. But Cemile does not fit into the archaic system and is rejected by the family as a source of bad luck. Her conflict becomes an existential one when she realises that she has become pregnant from the rape. The village community will never accept her innocence. She takes her children and leaves the village when her husband is denounced and finally arrested. A way to a new hope?


Ismet Elci was born in Turkey in 1964. He went immigrated with his father to Germany in 1979. His films include: Kismet, Kismet (1986), Die Heirat (1990/91), and Cemile (Cemile oder das Maerchen von der Hoffnung, 1995).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Ismet Elci
Screenplay Ismet Elci, Thomas Wilkening
Cinematography Andreas Bergmann
Helga Wardeck
Albert Kittler
Cast Lale Mansur, Talat Bulut, Tuncel Kurtiz, Suekriye Doenmez
Producer Thomas Wilkening
Production Company Thomas Wilkening Filmgesellschaft/Potsdam
Length 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions Turkish
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from BMI, European Script Fund
German Distributor Sputnik Film, Berlin

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