Tag Archives: identity

Film Review: Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Kenneth Cromer The Edge of Heaven (2007), directed by German-Turkish director Fatih Akın, is an award-winning German-Turkish film that exemplifies the convergence of German and Turkish cultures … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Swissmakers (Die Schweizermacher)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Karla Palos The 1978 film Die Schweizermacher (The Swissmakers) is a good cop/bad cop comedy directed by Rolf Lyssy which dramatizes the bureaucratic exchanges between immigration officials and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fack ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Jasmine Giang Fack ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer) is a 2013 German screwball/romantic comedy, directed by Turkish-German director Bora Dağtekin. It proved to be one of the most commercially … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 6 Summary (Oct. 5 & 7)

Migration brings both culture and religion. This week in our course we focused on religion and secularism, acknowledging the complexity of the terms in context of past and current migrations related to Germany. Our discussion found its beginnings in questions … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 5 Summary (Sept. 28 & 30)

This last week in class, we discussed the idea of German collective memory and screened the film Almanya – Welcome to Germany. The week’s discussions started with how the term “melting pot” was used to describe US culture in the … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 4 Summary (Sept. 21 & 23)

Who defines identity? Germany’s struggle with inclusivity. This last week in class, we discussed the limits of Germany’s capacity to take in immigrants and what it means to be German. Proponents of reducing the number of foreigners in Germany believe … Continue reading

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True Stories of Being Black in Germany, Lakshmi Sarah

Lakshmi Sarah, one of the participants in the course Multicultural Germany, produced an article published in KQED entitled “True Stories of Being Black in Germany” in which she introduces a traveling exhibit from the Goethe Institut and its curator Victoria … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class Final Paper: Staged Realities

At the end of the past semester, students in the Multicultural Germany class at UC Berkeley wrote final papers on topics of their choosing. To conclude our series of posts from this class, we are delighted to share several of their papers … Continue reading

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Film Reviews: “Alles auf Zucker!”

As part of their work in the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course reviewed recent German films relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Jennifer Lau, Jenelle Mathews, and Brittany Scott … Continue reading

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“Alles auf Zucker!” Film Review by Jennifer Lau

Nothing brings an estranged family together like the death of a loved one and the subsequent promise of an inheritance. In Dani Levy’s 2004 comedy, Go for Zucker (Alles auf Zucker), two brothers are forced to overcome their animosity and … Continue reading

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“Alles auf Zucker!” Film Review by Jenelle Mathews

The 2004 film, “Alles auf Zucker” is a German work that engages with social issues such as religion, family loyalty and identity through the use of comedy.  The film was directed by Dani Levy and is situated in modern Berlin. … Continue reading

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“Alles auf Zucker!” Film Review by Brittany Scott

Go for Zucker! is a comedy film directed by Dani Levy that was released in 2004.  The film portrays the story of a family divided by the Berlin Wall emotionally and physically. The division provides the basis for conflict between … Continue reading

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“Alles auf Zucker” Film Review by Katja Minitsenka

A movie by a Swiss Jewish director about German Jews, Go for Zucker deals with multiple problems in German post-reunification society. Among many conflicts, depicted in this movie, are the differences between the West and the East, now and then, … Continue reading

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Film Reviews: Kebab Connection

As part of their work in the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course have reviewed recent German films relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Sara Sellami, Preethi Kandhalu, and Victoria Brinkerhoff reviewed Anno Saul’s 2005 … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Christine Leper

A comedy centered around a young couple in Germany from very different backgrounds, Kebab Connection makes light of many cultural stereotypes. At the beginning of the film, the main character, Ibo, a young man in his early twenties of Turkish … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Victoria Brinkerhoff

Filmed in 2004 and released in 2005, the German film Kebab Connection dramatically portrays the dilemma of a young Turkish man, Ibo, after he finds out his German girlfriend is pregnant. Falling into the genres of action, comedy, and romance, … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Preethi Kandhalu

Directed by Anno Saul, “Kebab connection” is a German-Turkish comedy film that was released in 2004. Set in Hamburg, Germany, “Kebab connection” tells the story of an aspiring film maker, Ibo Secmez, who hopes to one day make the first … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Sara Sellami

Kebab Connection is a comedy by Anno Saul, a German film director, and was released in 2005. The film tells the story of Ibo, a young Turkish-German who dreams about making the first German Kung-Fu movie. While waiting for a … Continue reading

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Film Rezension: “Gegen die Wand”

As part of their work in the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course have reviewed recent German films relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Julia Schroeder reviewed Fatih Akin’s 2004 … Continue reading

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“Gegen die Wand” Rezension von Julia Schroeder

Der Film “Gegen die Wand” von Fatih Akin ist eine dramatische und brutale Tragikomödie und gleichzeitig eine zärtliche Liebesgeschichte über zwei verzweifelte, leidenschaftliche Menschen, die sich nach ihrem Selbstmordversuch, (er fährt gegen die Wand und sie schneidet sich die Pulsadern … Continue reading

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