Archive of films Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush / Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush

Germany / France
2022, 119 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2022

After her son is sent to the American prison on Guantanamo, Turkish-German Rabiye Kurnaz launches a quixotic struggle against an opaque judicial system, bureaucracy, and international politics, helped by her attorney Bernhard Docke. A sensitive comedy about human indomitability, belief in justice, and undying hope.


Synopsis

Rabiye Kurnaz's son Murat is falsely accused of terrorism and, as one of the first, is sent to the American prison on Guantanamo shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. In an endeavour to secure his release, the Turkish-German mother of three begins a quixotic struggle against an opaque judicial system, bureaucracy, and international politics. She finds help from the attorney Bernhard Docke, who eventually becomes more than the determined Rabiye’s legal counsel; he becomes her close friend. Based on true events, this sensitive comedy about human indomitability, belief in justice, and undying hope won Berlin's Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and Best Leading Performance.

Natalia Kozáková

About the director

Andreas Dresen. Selected filmography: Night Shapes (Nachtgestalten, 1999), Grill Point (Halbe Treppe, 2002), Willenbrock (2005), Summer in Berlin (Sommer vorm Balkon, 2005), Stopped on Track (Halt auf freier Strecke, 2011), Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush (2022).

Contacts

The Match Factory
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Andreas Dresen
Screenplay: Laila Stieler
Dir. of Photography: Andreas Höfer
Music: Johannes Repka, Cenk Erdoğan
Sound: Oswald Schwander
Editor: Jörg Hauschild
Art Director: Susanne Hopf
Producer: Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Production: Pandora Film Produktion
Coproduction: Iskremas Filmproduktion, Cinéma Defacto, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio Bremen, NDR/ Arte, Arte France Cinéma
Cast: Meltem Kaptan, Alexander Scheer
Sales: The Match Factory
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