When We Leave

Release March 18, 2011 (Limited)
Cast Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller, Florian Lukas
Director Feo Aladag
Writer Feo Aladag
Genres Drama
Studio Mongrel Media
Length 119 mins.
Website WhenWeLeave.com


German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. They believe Cem should be returned to his father in Turkey.

To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn't realize is just how deep the wounds are and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become.

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