Official Trailer of the documentary Home is Nowhere - Home is Everywhere: The Voices about their Cultural Identity in Istanbul; Original German: Nirgendwo zu Hause - Überall zu Hause: Remigranten sprechen über ihre kulturelle Identität in Istanbul (43min).
HD online links (with optional English and Turkish subtitles cum password, respectively, for the full version available upon request!
Festivals so far:
- Pre-Launched at the 13th TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL RHEIN-MAIN, Frankfurt (October 2013)
- Special Mentioning at the DADA SAHEB PHALKE INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, New Delhi (May 2014)
- Official Selection at the INTERNATIONAL CHANGING PERSPECTIVES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Istanbul (May 2014), non-competitive
- Official Selection at the INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS BERLIN (September 2014), nominated for the Brandenburg Gate Award
- 3rd Price at the VISIONAL HESSEN Audience Award for the Short Version (20min: "Side by Side in Istanbul: about a German School Far Away)
About the movie:
Recently, "remigrants" have received significant attention in German Media. Highly-qualified German-born individuals with a so-called Turkish migration history over generations, migrated from Germany to Turkey. The reasons are manifold. The movie endeavors to answer many questions, amongst them: Why did remigrants choose to migrate from Germany to Turkey? Why did they choose Turkey to be their home? What reasons triggered their decision to specifically identify Istanbul as their new home? Do they decide against the German and in favor of the Turkish culture, or do they choose the live in-between, in so-called Third Spaces, as we know from Homi Bhabha? Will they ever consider to "re-re-migrate" back to Germany? How does the diverse and dynamic cityscape of Istanbul influence their cultural identity? Can Istanbul be their new home at all? How do the individuals interplay with this city?
Our documentary tries to answer those, among many other questions. Our interviewees are selected remigrants and experts, among them children, students, academics and artists. They reasons why they left Turkey are uncountable. Their statements compose an exciting characterization of a generation searching for a home in Istanbul, which tries to find their cultural identity, in accordance with several cultural concepts. Identity, home and language are some among many topics that are part of the documentary. The dynamics of the identity of those remigrants received a new momentum with the Gezi-protests, which coincided with the work on-sight.
The film was launched at the 13th Turkish Film Festival in Frankfurt (October 2013, turkfilmfestival.de/schule.html). The short-version (20min) of the movie won the Third Price at this years' Visionale (December 2013, visionale-hessen.de/index.php/preistraeger-2013)
The film was directed by Subin Nijhawan, Former Teacher at Goethe-Gymnasium Frankfurt and Academic Researcher at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Isil-Sevin Isikli and Adnan Mrkanovic, Students at Goethe-University Frankfurt. It origins from a very innovative High School student-project. Six students (18 years old) were given third-party funding for a trip to Istanbul. They conducted the interviews and operated the cameras, without prior experience. The film was cut by Christian Öhl, student at HfG Offenbach.
As the nature of the project implies, please note that this movie is a very low-budget production, which was funded by four major donors, who were convinced by the concept and approach. A huge amount was funded through private donations and crowdfunding (startnext.de/en/transkulturalitaet-remigranten).