Genre: Drama
               Berlin, religion, Islam, immigrants, Berlinale 2010, Imam

a lesson about Islam

  Berlin can be very small. That comes through in these days not only at the Potsdamer Platz, where you constantly meet people who you know and with whom you stand on a brief chat to rush on to the next film, the next event. Also in the competition entry of the Shahada originating from Afghanistan and director who grew up in Germany Burhan Qurbani the metropolis is at best a large village, in the cross again and again to almost magically, the lives of different people.

Focuses essentially Shahada (the title of the film refers to the Muslim profession of faith) on the fate of three young Muslims in Germany. Since, for example, Bayram, we have first presented as a loving woman who swallowed a pill before they go to the disco to Abfeiern. This pill, we learn later, was not a drug, but an abortion pill, has apparently drastic and lasting impact than any particular product of arcane drugs kitchens. Due to the rather bloody illegal abortion, the young ex-liberal woman, whose father was mutated to make matters worse, even (a) a moderate imam, of course, to the ardent fanatic – and within a short time. If there were no drug-times in the game.

Strange transformations through the other two protagonists of the film comes originally from Nigeria Samir about his colleagues Daniel closer and hate at the same time for his repressed homosexuality. And Ismail, the last in the league, who works as a policeman, is traumatized by an incident three years ago, during which a bullet from his gun killing the unborn child of a young woman with whom he now feels fatefully connected, despite his own family. In the wintry Berlin intersect the paths of these three people and all the secondary characters ever and they provide a kaleidoscope that is at the center of Gretchen’s famous question: “How do you keep it with the (Muslim) religion ?”

At the beginning Shahada developed thanks to elegant camera moves and the driving music with a certain ethnic touch and you pull is quite willing to engage in the complicated construction of the story, which is also interrupted by several intertitles. With increasing duration of hand, it’s the constant sound but very much in the foreground and can germinate in the viewers to suspect that there would be compensated on an acoustic level, something that the filmmaker himself known by deficiency – the lack of authenticity and credibility, the plausibility a theoretical scaffolding, which is executing these duplicated to its subject matter, then progressively lose the reality of life of the characters from the eyes. In the end they are just pawns on a playing field to serve as an explanation of theses and denouncing abuses and thus lose all painstakingly player has earned sympathy.

And let’s face it: That a young vivacious and thoroughly liberal by Turk Abortion is illegal, within the shortest time for fervent fanatic, surely belongs in the imagination of political hardliners. In a film that purports to put a serious and unbiased way, separated with Islam, has such a bold claim but lost nothing. Perhaps this formally quite stylish film in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino would have been better off. Feo Aladag film The Brave One certainly has a cinematic engagement with the lived reality of Muslim immigrant women, significantly more than the relevance and explosives and an overestimated überkonstruierte Shahada.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Shahada Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2010 Length: 88 (Min)

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