Im Feuer

Sisters Apart
Rojda is a young German soldier with Kurdish-Iraqi roots who has lived in Germany since childhood. She is now looking for her mother Ferhat in a Greek refugee camp. When the two finally find each other after so many years apart, they are overjoyed. But their happiness soon fades when Rojda learns that her sister Dilan is still in Iraq. Rojda succeeds in bringing her mother to Germany, but she is unable to reach her sister. When the phone rings and Dilan mentions Kurdish fighters, Rojda is filled with fear. She decides to request a redeployment to Erbil in Iraq so she can find her sister. Once there, Rojda quickly wins the trust of the female fighters. But the more intensely she searches for her sister, the more she becomes caught between the two sides.
by Daphne Charizani
with Almila Bagriacik, Zübeyde Bulut, Maryam Boubani, Christoph Letkowski, Gonca de Haas, Niels Bruno Schmidt, Yiannis Niarros, Lucas Prisor, Ceylan Bulus, Jyana Karami
Germany / Greece 2020 German,  English,  Kurdish 93’ Colour, 2K DCP World premiere


  • Almila Bagriacik (Rojda Xani)
  • Zübeyde Bulut (Berivan)
  • Maryam Boubani (Ferhat Xani)
  • Christoph Letkowski (Alex Breidmeier)
  • Gonca de Haas (Dilan)
  • Niels Bruno Schmidt (Fuhrmann)
  • Yiannis Niarros (Officer Dimitri)
  • Lucas Prisor (Tom)
  • Ceylan Bulus (Rozerin Mafakhery)
  • Jyana Karami (Navdil Abdulquader)


Written and Directed byDaphne Charizani
CinematographyFalko Lachmund
EditingDavid J. Rauschning
MusicFlorian Tessloff
Sound DesignManuel Laval
SoundAris Athanasopoulos, Jörg Kidrowski
Production DesignThomas Freudenthal, Yula Zoiopoulou
CostumesJutta Krämer
Make-UpDimitra Fafaliou, Manuela Barnbeck
CastingUlrike Müller
Assistant DirectorChris Tromboukis
Production ManagersVassilis Tzanidis, Marc Wächter
ProducersThanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Kostas Lambropoulos
Co-ProducersGiorgos Kyriakos, Effie Skrobola

Additional information

In co-production with ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel and ERT. In collaboration with Arte.

Daphne Charizani

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, she grew up in Greece and Germany. She studied stage design in Paris, and politics in Hamburg. Her documentary Make Up screened in the 1999 Berlinale Forum and won the Hessian Screenplay Award. In 2003, her feature film Madrid was nominated for the screenplay award in the New German Cinema section of the Munich film festival and won the Hessian Film Award. With Ina Weisse she co-wrote the screenplays for Das Vorspiel and Der Architekt, the latter of which won the Screenplay Award at the 2009 Max Ophüls Award film festival.


1999 Make Up; documentary 2004 Madrid 2020 Im Feuer (Sisters Apart)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020