Aysel is a religious Muslim who for many years has led a sheltered life as a housewife and mother in the provincial south of Germany. When she learns that the state theatre in Stuttgart is looking for non-professional actresses for the tragedy “Medea”, she see it an opportunity to escape from her tedious everyday existence – and so she auditions for a part.

What initially sounds like a little bit of change in Aysel’s life soon proves to be a hard challenge to her view of the world. The director Volker Lösch wants to use the boundless freedom offered by theatre to penetrate the at times highly secretive world of Muslim women. As the stage adaptation develops, Aysel finds herself confronted by the tragic stories of life endured by other Muslim women, existences that up to now she only knows through hearsay. And as the only woman in the production wearing the Muslim headscarf, she is obliged to defend her values and lifestyle to other more modern Turkish women involved. Torn between her desire for freedom and her own traditions, Aysel gets entangled in a conflict with her beliefs and is forced to question her life to date. Aysel begins to struggle with the clichés, with the “immorality” in the theatre – and ultimately with her very self.

A documentary by Thomas Lauterbach
Germany 2008, 79 min, HDV

A co-production of INDI FILM and SWR, 2008

Mindjazz Pictures

World sales:
Deckert Distribution

Funded by MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg

Festivals & Awards (selection):
DOK Leipzig 2008 – German competition (winner of Golden Dove)
Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2008 (Prize of the Film Industry Baden-Württemberg)
BaKaFORUM Basel (SRG SSR idée suisse Prix 2009)
Visión du Réel 2009
Canadian International Documentary Festival HOT DOCS 2009
Moscow International Film Festival 2009
Prix Europe 2009 (Honourable Mention) Astra Film Festival Sibiu 2009
MOVE IT Filmfestival Dresden 2009
Festival of German Cinema London and Dublin 2009
WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film Festival Warsaw 2009
DocuDays HRFF Kyiv 2010
Tranzyt Documentary Film Festival
People’s Choice Award “Honourable Mention”
in the Categorie “Best Foreign Documentary longer than 60 Minutes
Filmfest München 2008