Vedat Erincin, Fahri Yardim, Lilay Huser, Demet Gül, Rafael Koussouris


On 10 September, 1964, Germany’s one-millionth ‘guest worker’ was welcomed. Spanning a period of no less than forty-five years, this film tells the story of guest worker number one-million-and-one – a man named Hüseyin Yilmaz and his family. ‘Who or what am I – German or Turk?’ asks six-year-old Cenk Yilmaz when neither his Turkish nor his German schoolmates pick him for their respective football teams. In an attempt to comfort Cenk, his 22-year-old cousin Canan tells him the story of their grandfather Hüseyin, who came to Germany at the end of the sixties as a ‘guest worker’ and who later brought his wife and children to ‘Almanya’. Germany had long since become the family’s home when without warning one night, Hüseyin surprises his loved ones with the news that he has bought a house in Turkey and now wants to return to the old country. Refusing to brook the sligh­test opposition, the entire family set off for Turkey. This marks the beginning of a journey full of memories, arguments and recon­ciliations.

The filmmaker


Born in Dortmund on 1973, she studied at the College of Film and Television in Munich from 1993-2000. From 1994-98 she was a freelancer for Bavaria Film and worked as an assistant director on a number of international productions, including a Jackie Chan vehicle. In 2002 she made a television comedy entitled Alles getürkt!. She was co-writer of the TV series Türkisch für Anfänger, and appeared in front of the camera in Delicious (2004). Almanya-Wilkommen in Deutschland marks her cine­matic debut.

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