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Fatih Akin
Fatih Akin

"There are three communities in Germany. Two communities which formed a third. There is the Turkish community, the generation of our parents and the German community. Out of the conjunction of these two generations originated a third generation, the German-Turkish generation. This is a completely separate generation with its own kodex and its own socialisation. […] It has its own culture, different from the German or Turkish culture."

(interview with Fatih Akin,, 21.04.2004)

In his films Akin shows the close links between Germany and Turkey through migration. In "Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren" ("We have forgotten to return", 2001), a documentary, he tells the story of his own family, which immigrated from a fishing village in the Turkish Black Sea region, and describes life as a German Turk.

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg. Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear award for his film "Gegen die Wand" ("Head On", 2004), he is one of Germany's most successful film directors and script writers.

In the 1960s Akin's parents moved from Turkey to Germany. During his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, the young Akin directed his first movie, "Sensin" ("It is you", 1995), followed by "Geturkt" (1996) and "Kurz und Schmerzlos" ("Short Sharp Shock", 1998), which portrays the life of three young immigrants in Hamburg.

The 2002 film "Solino" pictures an Italian family who immigrated to Germany (Duisburg) in the 1960s. In an interview, Akin voiced his views on second generation migrants:

"There is something which I repeatedly observe with Turks of the second generation and also with myself. I definitely do not have the same temperament as my parents or as Turks who live in Turkey. The temperament of the motherland gets lost with the second generation, it melts with the German spirit

Suggested readings

The following is a list of films directed, some of them also produced, by Fatih Akin: