“I am nothing of what you are imagining, and much more than you can even imagine” – Coco, 2017
Since the 1960s, Germany recruited guest workers: ‘Gastarbeiter‘. To work hard in blue-collar jobs, to go home a few years later. But many stayed and built a life in Germany. Especially Muslims are still facing prejudices, homesickness, language barriers and social exclusion.
Leila, Coco, Mohammed and Ilhan live in Berlin, in neighbourhoods of gentrification and social benefits, Hip Hop and religious traditions. They are first generation children of ‘Gastarbeiter‘ and refugees from Turkey, Jordan and Palestine. They are born and raised in Germany.
Their stories tell of past and present, of places of (imagined) existence, of growing up, of their search for their identity. Doro Zinn narrates their on-going encounters with pictures, texts and songs provided by the protagonists. Together they question the narratives that society and media use towards immigrant generations, and break them up in a very personal way.