Shahada

Deutschland 2009/2010 Spielfilm

Summary

Faith

This episodic film revolves around Maryam, Samir and Ismail, three young Muslims living in Berlin. During the course of their stories, their faith, and their value systems begin to falter. The film portrays three people forced by circumstances to find a new path in life and to ask themselves who they are, who they love and what they believe in. Their paths cross at a mosque led by the enlightened Imam, Vedat.

Maryam is Vedat’s daughter. She is a fun-loving, westernised young woman. Her at times permissive demeanour is a regular source of conflict between her and her single father, who is deeply worried about his 19-year-old daughter’s moral conduct. His fears are well-founded: Maryam has unintentionally fallen pregnant.

Samir is Nigerian. He and his best friend Daniel, a German, both attend Vedat’s Koran lessons. It soon becomes clear that Daniel sees Samir as more than just a friend; moreover, Daniel’s feelings are reciprocated by Samir. Gradually, the two boys begin to get close.

Ismail is a police officer and a family man in his mid-thirties. One day during a police raid at the central market he sees Leyla, the woman who, three years ago, sustained a life-threatening injury from a ricocheted bullet fired from his gun. The encounter throws him completely off balance.

The film’s title refers to the first pillar of Islam: Shahada – the Muslim profession of faith. Shahada represents one’s decision to take a certain path. The protagonists of this film struggle, each in their own way, to find the right path and a way of living with their own systems of belief and values.

Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

 

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Credits

All Credits

Director

Assistant director

Director of photography

Assistant camera

2nd Camera unit

Optical effects

Lighting design

Gaffer

Storyboard

Property master

Stand-by props

Make-up artist

Costume design

Editing

Sound design

Foley artist

Casting

Music

Producer (TV)

Unit production manager

Original distributor

Shoot

    • 29.01.2009 - 04.03.2009: Berlin
Duration:
2513 m, 92 min
Format:
35mm, 1:2,35
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby Digital
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 29.09.2010, 124161, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 17.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 30.09.2010

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Shahada
  • Weiterer Titel (DE) Die Himmelsleiter
  • Weiterer Titel (DE) Shahada - Wer bist Du? Wen liebst Du? Woran glaubst Du?

Versions

Original

Duration:
2513 m, 92 min
Format:
35mm, 1:2,35
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby Digital
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 29.09.2010, 124161, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 17.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 30.09.2010

Awards

Hessischer Filmpreis 2010
  • Bester Spielfilm
FIRST STEPS Award 2010
  • Sonderpreis Kamera
Festival des deutschen Films, Ludwigshafen 2010
  • undotierter Filmkunstpreis, Originellste Darstellungsform und Thema
FBW 2010
  • Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2010
  • Beste Produktion
  • Bestes Drehbuch