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Shahada (2010)

The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Ljubek ... Ismail
Jerry Hoffmann ... Sammi (as Jeremias Acheampong)
Maryam Zaree ... Maryam
... Leyla
... Daniel
Vedat Erincin ... Vedat
... Sarah
Nora Rim Abdel-Maksoud ... Renan (as Nora Abdel-Maksoud)
Burak Yigit ... Sinan
Yolette Thomas ... Amira
Alexandros Gehrckens ... Kinay
Nizam Namidar ... Ünel
Gerdy Zint ... Rainer
Ivan Anderson ... Defne (as Ivan Subay)
Javeh Asefdjah ... Cemre
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The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted traditions. Written by Leif Alexis

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Not bad, but far from the best in its kind

This film deals with the religious believes of people (in this case Muslims and their believe in Islam) and how far they want to take it, how they decide to live their religion. The story follows a group of people, some of them related, and the way they deal with their every day life in combination with their religion. It follows them through difficult choices, through the turning points between being the person they are by nature or being the person their belief expects them to be.

In effect it is a drama like many religion based dramas before it. The choice for Islam is in that respect no different than the choice for any other kind of religion - they all feature the line between fundamentalism and an "open relation" with who or what you might believe in and the laws dictated by that religion through its holy books.

It isn't bad - not at all. It just isn't good. Films like Go With Peace Jamil, Gegen Die Wand and even Ae Fond Kiss deal with many of the same parts and are a fair deal better. I can't put a strict finger on the why of it - this film just misses some of their strength.

6 out of 10 broken dreams


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