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Otomo (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 November 1999 (Germany)
The true story of Otomo, a black man seeking work and asylum in the German city of Stuttgart. However, all he finds is racism, police trouble and his final destiny.


Frieder Schlaich
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Isaach De Bankolé ... Otomo
Eva Mattes ... Gisela
Hanno Friedrich ... Heinz
Barnaby Metschurat ... Rolf
Lara Kugler Lara Kugler ... Simone
Sigrid Burkholder Sigrid Burkholder
Gottfried Breitfuss Gottfried Breitfuss
Traute Hoess
Stefan Moos Stefan Moos
Katja Schmidt-Oehm Katja Schmidt-Oehm
Hansjuergen Gerth Hansjuergen Gerth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Tucht Thomas Tucht


The true story of Otomo, a Black man seeking work and asylum in the German city of Stuttgart. However, all he finds is racism, police trouble and his final destiny. His one-day journey leads him to a run-down temporary employment agency where he is being rejected because he doesn't own an ID and proper shoes. Downcast he continues his purposeless trip. In a streetcar he encounters a racist trolley controller who wrongfully accuses him of having an invalid ticket. As the situation escalates, Otomo head-butts the controller and flees. With the police on his heels, Otomo decides to leave the country. He runs into a truck driver who is inclined to take Otomo to the Netherlands if he pays him 400 Deutsche Mark in advance - a load of money he doesn't have. His need of money leads to desperate measures, but also to a new love. However, Otomo's bloody final encounter with the police is not too far away. Written by Anonymous

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Socially conscious movies
26 June 2006 | by rivers7zSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie yet - would like to. I don't think it's out on video. I've seen Brother from Another Planet - an excellent movie. the actor here Isaach De Bankole is very good - he was in Ghost Dog, The Keeper, Chocolate, and other films. The thing about movies like Otomo: they're very hard to find, I heard about this by just reading about the actor Isaach De Bankole. I prefer foreign films of a socially conscious nature. Stories like these are certainly relevant today, with immigration issues capturing newspaper headlines, and xenophobia. If it was possible, I would purchase the film if on e-bay or amazon.com. California newsreel also has socially conscious movies with people of color, but they're generally for classroom teaching.

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