Visiting a foreign country – a blurred image of foreign odors, sounds, languages and people. Other values, gods, habits, prices, fashion and money create a holiday feeling, a feeling of being a stranger and a discoverer of another world.
What is enjoyable and interesting if you visit a country for a limited amount of time, causes lots of fear, insecurity and a feeling of being lost and deracinated if you have to move to this foreign country because your parents found work there.
In their movie “Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland” the sisters Nesrin Samdereli and Yasemin Samdereli tell a story like that: The young Turk Hüseyin manages to find work in Germany but misses his family terribly, so that he returns to his small village to take his family – his wife Fatma, the two sons Veli and Muhamed and their daughter Leyla – with him. The new country is connected to all kinds of hopes and dreams: Muhammed dreams of endless Coca Cola, but cannot imagine living among the Germans, as his best friend tells him that they believe in a tortured guy hanging on a cross, wearing a thorn crown and that they eat human flesh and drink human blood to worship him.
By telling a story in a story, the two sisters manage to include first, second and third generation immigrant problems, thoughts, hopes and beliefs. The fruit of their work is a hilarious, but also serious movie, which shows Germans how foreign their home country can seem and how cultures connect and blend into each other and the identities of the people living in them.