A look into the life of a Turkish-Germany family riddled by their own identity.
Ich Bin Tochter Meiner Mutter explores the life of a young filmmaker, of two backgrounds, through various perspectives. Seyhan Derin grows up a Turkish national, until her family is uprooted and taken to Germany by her father. The structure of a traditional Turkish family being patriarchal and male-dominated forces Seyhan, her sisters, and her mother to heed to the father's decisions, although they don't agree upon them. Through the style of a documentary, Derin offers her viewers the perspective of a family torn between two identities.
Being a documentary, the film has a certain sense of discovery that seems even genuine to Derin, the filmmaker. Her interviews with her own family seem to be her first exposure to their stories. There are multiple medium shots of Derin's father and mother talking about their experiences leading up to and after their move from Turkey to Germany. Other camera shots include a great number of cut aways and B-roll of her parents' daily activities, such as her mother shopping and walking down a street in Germany or her father in the hospital being treated for his ailments. There are multiple sequences where old photographs of her family, more specifically her father, are shown while there is a voice over of someone speaking. Derin utilizes a myriad of camera shots to help guide her viewers through their discovery of her family's history.
Derin is big on Verfremdungseffekte. On multiple occasions where she uses this concept of "defamiliarization," such as the black-and- white sequence of the young "Seyhan" on the train. Derin digs another level by including the direction of the scene of her telling the young girl actress how to behave on the train. Also, the strikingly loud music in the transitions between scenes serves as a V-effect that reminds the viewer that there is a shift in tone or setting. With the use of multiple cinematic tools, Derin crafts a unique account of her life through the perspective of her parents; it is truly a creative work of nonfiction.
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