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German Currents Kino: Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush

Opens on July 14

Director: Andreas Dresen Run Time: 119 min. Rating: Unrated Release Year: 2022 Language: German

Starring: Abdullah Emre Öztürk, Alexander Scheer, Charly Hübner, Meltem Kaptan, Nazmi Kırık

This screening is made possible with the support of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.

Tagline: October 2001. Bremen, Germany. For Rabie Kurnaz (Kaptan), a loving wife and mother, her close-knit Turkish-German immigrant family is the center of her world. Shortly after her oldest son Murat (Öztürk) goes missing, the Kurnaz’ learn that he has been arrested in Pakistan, detained without trial and sent to the Guauntanomo Bay Detention Camp as a suspected terrorist. Rabiye immediately springs into action, but soon finds herself alone and out of her depth. Things change for the dedicated, albeit impulsive and impatient Rabiye, when she finds Bernhard Docke (Scheer), a level-headed human rights lawyer, who takes on her case. Together, the two find themselves enmeshed in global politics as they battle for the release of her son, all the way to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Veteran filmmaker Andreas Dresen skillfully directs Kaptan’s award-winning blend of drama and humor in her portrayal of the real Rabiye Kurnaz. Laila Stieler’s award-winning screenplay captures Kurnaz’ determination and dedication to her family and justice.


German Film Awards 2022: Best Film (Silver),Best Lead Actress (Meltem Kaptan),Best Supporting Actor (Alexander Scheer).

Berlinale 2022: Guild Film AwardBest Screenpay -SilverBest Lead Actress – Siver (Meltem Kaptan)

Deutscher Schauspielpreis 2022: Dramatic Lead (Meltem Kaptan) Nationaler Friedenspreis des Deutschen Films – Die Brücke 2022


Friday, July 14, 2023: 7:00

Sunday, July 16, 2023: 5:30

Wednesday, July 19, 2023: 1:00

Ticket Price: $5.00 (Special price, no further discounts allowed)




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