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 film “Kebab Connection.

Review by Sara SellamiKebab 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 big opportunity to make his debut, he films Kung-Fu-themed commercials for his uncle’s kebab restaurant called King of Kebab. His life is turned upside-down when he learns that his German girlfriend Titzi is pregnant.… [full review here]

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 German Kung-Fu movie.… [full review here]

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, the film was directed by German writer and director, Anno Saul. Saul produced Kebab Connection to reach a German-speaking audience, as it is filmed entirely in German, although there are Turkish, Greek, and Albanian figures present in the film. Ibo is a 21-year-old, movie-obsessed, aspiring filmmaker and actor. In the midst of making commercials for his uncle’s restaurant and beginning his career, Ibo’s German girlfriend, Titzi, becomes unexpectedly pregnant with Ibo’s baby.… [full review here]

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