Shahada (Faith) / Shahada
Burhan Qurbani, Germany, 2010.
Directed by: Burhan Qurbani
Script: Burhan Qurbani
Producer: Susa Kusche, Uwe Spiller, Robert gold, Leif Alexis
Production company: Bittersuess Pictures, ZDF/ Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath
Editing: Simon Blasi
Cast: Carlo Ljubek, Marija Škaričić, Sergej Moya
Running time: 88'
Berlin today. During a razzia for clandestine employees in a warehouse, the fates of three young German-born Muslims collide. Ismail, a police officer of Turkish descent, is about to break his loyalty towards his badge and his wife as he finds himself attracted to illegal immigrant Leyla. Sammi is torn between his Muslim faith and his irresistible desire for one of his male co-workers, despite his friends'violent homophobia. He is appeased by the local Imam, a religious leader revered by the community, who is going through a crisis of his own : his daughter, Maryam, is moving into an ultraconservative direction although she has been raised so tolerantly. The three of them must find their place between fairth and modern life in a contemporary Wester society, between the luring liberated lifestyle and tradition.
Berlin International Film Festival - Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas
Burhan Qurbani's parents fled their home to seek political asylum in Germany right on Christmas Eve, 1979, a day before the Red army marched into Afghanistan. After completing his high school diploma in 2000 in Stuttgart, he started working in the theatre, first as a dramatist's assistant, then as assistant director. In 2002, he enrolled at the Filmakademie Baden -Württemberg to study film directing. Burhan's short films have been selected by films festivals around the world and won number of prizes, including in 2008, the German Camera Award and the German Film Critic's award for 'Illusion'. 'Shahada', Burhan's graduation project from The Akademie, is his first feature-length film.
Location and screening schedule:
Tuškanac cinema, Thursday, October 21st at 23.00
Tuškanac cinema, Saturday, October 23rd at 17.00