Kaddish for a Friend (Director: Leo Khasin, color, 94 min., 2010/11)

Kaddisch for a Friend
© SiMa Film 2011


Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Do you enjoy German Films? Do you want to learn more about Germany?

Every third Friday of the month, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco will present selected German films ranging from small, independent productions to box office hits. All screenings are in German with English subtitles. Admission is free! Also, are you tired of subtitles? Check out our many language courses and dive right into German culture.

Ali is new to Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. As a Lebanese refugee, his presence in Germany is hanging in the balance. The local tough boys put him to a test of courage: breaking into the apartment of an elderly neighbor, a Jewish-Russian immigrant. After doing this, Ali has to make amends with the old man to prevent his own deportation.

A touching story of an unequal friendship.

A non-invasive, quietly-narrated film, making its message of reconciliation all the more lasting and moving to viewers. - Cinema

Using a tranquil narrative pace, the film manages to thematize guilt and forgiveness in the microcosm of a small-scale interpersonal encounter, against the background of a global conflict. - Excerpt from the German Film Quality Assessment Board’s jury statement in awarding the film with the distinction “valuable”

In this multifaceted and, at the same time, exciting film, Khasin shows a life that swings between living on the bread line and daily worries, dependency on governmental departments and encounters with the past. The result: a story that is anything but a black and white. - Jüdische Allgemeine



Goethe-Institut San Francisco

530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Language: German with English subtitles
Price: Admission free
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