Post-Unification Turkish German Cinema

Work, Globalisation and Politics Beyond Representation

  • Gozde Naiboglu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Gozde Naiboglu
    Pages 1-22
  3. The Berlin School and Turkish German Cinema

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Gozde Naiboglu
      Pages 25-64
    3. Gozde Naiboglu
      Pages 65-78
  4. Documentary Film

  5. Social Realism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-217

About this book


This book examines post-Unification Turkish German cinema with a focus on ethics, affectivity and labour. Shifting the focus from the longstanding concerns of integration, identity and cultural conflict, the author argues that these films no longer emphasise the conflicts between migrants and citizens. By offering new expressions of lived experience under late capitalism through themes of work, unemployment, insecurity and illegal work, social reproduction, exhaustion and precarity, the films call for a rethinking of the established ideas of class, community and identity. 

As the first English-language monograph to focus on Turkish German Cinema, the book offers analyses of films by Thomas Arslan, Christian Petzold, Aysun Bademsoy, Seyhan Derin, Harun Farocki, Yüksel Yavuz and Feo Aladag. By calling into question the limitation of identity-oriented approaches to migrant filmmaking, Naiboglu offers a post-representational approach to a range of works including features films, documentaries and video that deal with labour migration from Turkey to Germany.


Turkish cinema German cinema Turkish film German film German Unification Seyhan Derin Aysun Bademsoy Thomas Arslan Yüksel Yavuz Fatih Akın Hussi Kutlucan Post-Unification cultural conflict affect materialism film theory labour on screen exhaustion on screen post-Unification German cinema migrant cinema

Authors and affiliations

  • Gozde Naiboglu
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

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