Directed by Dietmar Ratsch and Agostino Imondi; Germany, 2010; 96 min.
Featuring a breakdance performance by Abro Straughter and a reception with samplings of German and Lebanese dishes courtesy of Hofbräuhaus and Aladdin's Eatery to precede the film.
Director Agostino Imondi will host a Q&A video-conference live from Germany, via Skype, after the film!
Moderated by Randall Halle, Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies at The University of Pittsburgh
Presented in conjunction with the Department of German Studies at The University of Pittsburgh
Supported by Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York
2010 Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film, 60th Berlin
International Film Festival
2010 Film Workers Union Award, Buster Film Festival, Copenhagen
2010 1st Prize for Feature Documentary, Chicago International Children's Film Festival
"The rapid-fire pace, lively beats and animation sequences take Neukölln Unlimited beyond the usual clichés about immigrants and problem neighborhoods."
Imagine constantly imagining that you are going to be deported despite the fact that where you live is your home. That is the fate of three musically-talented Lebanese teenagers, Hassan, Lial, and Maradona. These three siblings live in Germany and are constantly facing the threat of deportation. Germany is the only home they have ever known, and German is the only language they speak. Hip-hop and street dance are their passion, and they use their passions to help keep the family afloat financially. Their love of dance and music help them get through each day, but will it be enough? Are they going to have to face being deported again?
was born in 1975 in Basel. From 2000 to 2003, he worked as a director of photography and editor for Australian TV station “Channel 31 Melbourne.” From 2003 to 2004, he took a director’s class at the Scuola di Cinema in Rome. His first short film, Waking Up the Nation, was screened in official competitions in various international film festivals.