Author Archives: Kumars Salehi

About Kumars Salehi

Kumars Salehi is a PhD student in German Literature and Culture. Broadly, he is interested in the relationships between media (primarily film, but also news media) and political consciousness. His research interests include Marxism; the Frankfurt School; German Idealism; and German and Scandinavian modernist/art cinema.

Zwischen Welten (Inbetween Worlds)

color, Germany/Afghanistan, Simon Verhoeven, 103 Min, 2014 With actors Ronald Zehrfeld and Mohamad Mohsen. Ronald Zehrfeld and Mohamad Mohsen star as Jesper, a German soldier in Afghanistan, and his interpreter Tarik, whose friendship is tested by the bitter realities of the … Continue reading

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Willkommen bei den Hartmanns

color, Germany, Simon Verhoeven, 116 Min, 2016 With actors Erik Kabongo and Elyas M’Barek. A wealthy Munich family decides to take in a Nigerian refugee, Diallo (Erik Kabongo), but their open hearts have not prepared them for the reality of Germany’s … Continue reading

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Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark (We Are Young. We Are Strong)

color, Germany, Burhan Qurbani, 123 Min, 2014 With actors Devid Striesow and Jonas Nay. Director Burhan Qurbani’s drama presents a fictionalized version of the events of the 1992 Rostock-Lichtenhagen riots, in which xenophobic mobs attacked migrant living quarters while thousands of onlookers … Continue reading

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Victoria

color, Germany, Sebastian Schipper, 138 Min, 2015 With actors Laia Costa and Frederick Lau. Shot in a single take, Victoria follows the title character, an adventurous young Spanish woman who moves to Berlin after failing in her career aspirations as a … Continue reading

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Tschick

color, Germany, Fatih Akin, 93 Min, 2016 With actors Alexander Scheer and Uwe Bohm. Director Fatih Akin’s film is an adaptation of Wolfgang Herrndorf’s 2010 novel Tschick (Why We Took the Car), widely considered unfilmable. The film follows two teenagers (Alexander Scheer, Uwe Bohm) … Continue reading

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Vor der Morgenröte (Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe)

color, Austria/Germany/France, Maria Schrader, 106 Min, 2016 With actors Josef Hader and Barbara Sukowa. This European coproduction chronicles the exile of Stefan Zweig, the Austrian Jewish author who fled Austria to Brazil in 1936. In South America, Zweig (Josef Hader) struggles … Continue reading

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Nicht ohne uns! (Not Without Us!)

color, Germany, Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler, 87 Min, 2017 Documentary filmmaker Sigrid Klausmann travels around the world to tell the different stories of children seeking education. Spanning five continents, the film takes us through the disparate, arduous, and sometimes perilous routes young people … Continue reading

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Morris from America

color, Germany/USA, Chad Hartigan, 91 Min, 2016 With actors Craig Robinson and Markees Christmas. When his father (Craig Robinson), a widower and soccer coach, moves to Germany for a job, 13-year-old Morris (Markees Christmas) must adapt to life in a totally … Continue reading

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Meyer aus Berlin

b/w, Germany, Ernst Lubitsch, 58 Min, 1919 With actors Ernst Lubitsch and Ossi Oswalda. This early silent classic stars director Ernst Lubitsch as Sally Meyer, a young Jewish playboy in Berlin who devises a ruse to convince his wife that he is ill while … Continue reading

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Fack ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer)

color, Germany, Bora Dağtekin, 119 Min, 2013 With actors Karoline Herfurth and Elyas M’Barek. In the blockbuster romantic comedy Fack ju Göhte, Karoline Herfurth and Elyas M’Barek play Lisi Schnabelstedt and Zeki Müller, polar opposites whose paths cross when small-time crook Zeki, just released … Continue reading

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Fack ju Göhte 2 (Suck Me Shakespeer 2)

color, Germany, Bora Dağtekin, 115 Min, 2015 With actors Karoline Herfurth and Elyas M’Barek. In the sequel to the blockbuster romantic comedy Fack ju Göhte, Karoline Herfurth and Elyas M’Barek return as Lisi Schnabelstedt and Zeki Müller, an unlikely couple of teachers at the Goethe-Gesamtschule. … Continue reading

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Kulturelle und Politische Partizipation? Ein Interview with Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz

In addition to English-language translations and original posts, the MGP blog also provides a space for creative and critical work in German that may be of interest to our readers. In this post, MGP contributor Daniel Schreiner talks to German-Turkish scholar, author, … Continue reading

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José F.A. Oliver’s First Letter from Istanbul

José F.A. Oliver is a contemporary German-language author of Spanish descent.  In 2013, he received the Stipendium der Kulturakademie Tarabya, spending four months as writer in residence in Istanbul and publishing 21 Gedichte aus Istanbul 4 Briefe & 10 Fotow:orte (2016), … Continue reading

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Framing Migration: Timeline of the seminar

Feb. 17-18 – “Cinco Palmas” A performance and workshop of the theatrical play about experiences of migration, facilitated by writer-director Martha Herrera-Lasso Gónzalez and dancer-choreographer Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, a Performance Studies PhD student and a participant in “Framing Migration.” While the … Continue reading

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Framing Migration: Our new blog

The Multicultural Germany Project blog is a project of the UC Berkeley Department of German in collaboration with others working in various fields of study and practice. In this space, the MGP brings together perspectives from different disciplines and backgrounds, … Continue reading

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Schlingensief’s remains: Crisis and cruelty

This post was workshopped in the graduate seminar “Framing Migration,” taught by Prof. Deniz Göktürk of the UC Berkeley Department of German. In this post, seminar participant Christine Korte analyzes the way in which a play by performance artist and theater/film director Christoph … Continue reading

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Law, communication, and the discourse of migration

A version of this post was originally written for the graduate seminar “Framing Migration,” taught by Prof. Deniz Göktürk of the UC Berkeley Department of German. In this post, seminar participant Abigail Stepnitz uses legal theory lenses to tie together the strings … Continue reading

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Reading Erpenbeck at Oranienplatz

A version of this post was originally written for the graduate seminar “Framing Migration,” taught by Prof. Deniz Göktürk of the UC Berkeley Department of German. In this post, seminar participant Lisa Friedrich discusses German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck’s Gehen, ging, gegangen, a … Continue reading

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Migration and museums

A version of this post was originally written for the graduate seminar “Framing Migration,” taught by Prof. Deniz Göktürk of the UC Berkeley Department of German. In this post, seminar participant Aster Hoving reacts to an essay by German cultural anthropologist … Continue reading

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Undocumented pleasures

A version of this post was originally written for the graduate seminar “Framing Migration,” taught by Prof. Deniz Göktürk of the UC Berkeley Department of German. In this post, seminar participant Juan Manuel Aldape lays out the basics of his project … Continue reading

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