"Almanya - Welcome to Germany" - German film with English subtitles

This event has a new date - Friday May 31st.  (As you may know, this event was originally set for April 12th but was cancelled by Goethe-Institut due to weather conditions.)


"Almanya - Welcome to Germany"

by Yasemin Samdereli


Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Amphitheatre (room 1124), Saint-Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa

German with English subtitles
Suggested donation $4

Presented by Goethe-Institut Ottawa


(Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland)
With Vedat Erincin, Fahri Yardim, Lilay Huser, Demet Gül
Director: Yasemin Samdereli, colour, 95 min.,[masked]

Hüseyin Yilmaz came to Germany in 1964 as an Anatolian guest worker. Shortly before he is about to be naturalized, he realizes he is not sure he wants to become a German citizen. Unexpectedly, he reveals to his wife, children and grandchildren that he has bought a house in his old hometown and that he expects them to go there and help him renovate it. Reactions are mixed. Hüseyin reassures everyone that he only wants to use it as a holiday home; that he does not want to return there permanently. Canan is afraid to travel; she is pregnant and neither her parents nor her grandparents know. Episodes from the past are meshed with those from the present.

ALMANYA – WELCOME TO GERMANY is an extraordinary contribution to the current German debate on integration, played out by two young women who were able to weave their personal experiences into the story. Depicting identities that evolve slowly, the film reflects on the difficult question of what we call “home” – a question for which there are many different answers.





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  • Hana

    My daughter and I really enjoyed the film...very well done...

    June 1, 2013

    • Steve A.

      I agree, I really liked it too. Interactions between the family members were just heartwarming, written/acted by people with a fine sense of observation

      June 1, 2013

  • Marion

    Unfortunately, there were two movies. The one in the amphitheatre - Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland and the other Doctored. So sorry I missed Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland. Were there any signs??????

    May 31, 2013

    • Steve A.

      I had attended a movie event at the same venue a couple months ago, which is the only reason why I knew where to go. Otherwise I would have given up -- there were no signs!

      June 1, 2013

  • Hana

    So I am here with my daughter but don't recognize anyone...is anyone else here?

    May 31, 2013

  • Hana

    I noticed the film is unrated...is it appropriate for a preteen child?

    May 29, 2013

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