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KAFKANISTAN

KAFKANISTAN
photo © Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Mina, a young Kurdish woman, flees from Syria after her neighborhood is besieged by the militia and her husband is seriously injured. Upon arrival in Berlin, she begins to build up a new, albeit illegal, life. She transfers money to her family regularly in order to finance her husband’s medical treatment. The Syrian Security Service traces her transactions and finds her. Through intimidation and threats of violence, they force her to work as an informant. Over time, Mina gains the trust of the Syrian opposition and uses this to relay information on the Syrian Resistance to her handlers.

A dark and fascinating film about the lives of Kurdish refugees in Germany, shaped by betrayal, collaboration and violence.


Daniel Carsenty was born in 1982 in Frankfurt. After studying Television Journalism, he studied Photography, followed by studies at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Active as a director for theater and film, his films include: the shortS MEMORY DRIVE (2006), THE COMFORT ZONE (2011), YOM ASSAL YOM BASSAL (2012), YIGAL (2013), MY FOURTH DEATH (2013), and his feature debut KAFKANISTAN (2015).
Genre Drama, Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Daniel Carsenty
Screenplay Daniel Carsenty
Cinematography Johannes Waltermann
Cast Halima Ilter, Tamer Yigit, Asad Schwarz, Celal Sert, Murat Seven, Ayman Cherif, Petra Hartung, Raschid Sidgi, Kathleen Gallego Zapata, Marc Philipps, Asya Mtoro, Hans-Ulrich Laux, Harald Polzin
Producer Ulrike Dorothea Schirmer
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Length 92 min
Format DCP, DVD, HDCAM, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, English, Kurdish, Arabic
Subtitled Version English

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