Töchter zweier Welten

Daughters of Two Worlds
Two women, a mother and her daughter, talk about the challenges of different cultures and generations. Seriban came to Germany as a “guest worker” with her daughter; her husband arrived later. Daughter Meral is now 24 and works as a hairdresser. Unlike her mother, she does not follow the traditions of Turkish culture. Not least of all because she had to flee a hellish arranged marriage and ended up in a women’s shelter … Both women describe – one in Turkish, the other in German – their life between the two cultures as an inner dichotomy, “basically, you don’t know where you belong”. In a parallel sequence, the film compacts the two women’s differing views of life into a dialogue between mother and daughter that never actually took place. Director Serap Berrakkarasu met her two subjects when she worked at a women’s shelter in Lübeck. She says, “the young Turkish women here were pretty isolated. I wanted to show the girls and women that they weren’t all alone with their problems. The parents are not monsters. You can understand them; they were shaped by their own upbringing”.
by Serap Berrakkarasu Germany 1991 Turkish, German 62’ Colour Documentary form


Written and Directed by Serap Berrakkarasu
Script Adviser Sibylle Schönemann
Cinematography Gisela Tuchtenhagen
Editing Maike Samuels
Sound Serap Berrakkarasu
Commissioning Editor Barbara Schönfeldt

Additional information

Film print: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Berlin

Serap Berrakkarasu


Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019