Documentaries

HÜSEYIN YIGIT
MEIN HERZ IST OBDACHLOS, DOK. FILM, 60 Min. 48 Sek., 2017
The documentary „My Heart is Homeless“ (60 min. 48 sec., 2016) tells the story of a Turkish guest-worker.
BLACK DONKEY FILM PRODUCTION – BERLIN
SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR
HÜSEYIN YIGIT
Burhan from Erzurum, a Turkish city in eastern Anatolia, began his journey to Istanbul in the 1960s and from there to Germany, on the hopeful quest to build a new existence. In his heart always the longing. The journey on the train with his friend Ali, his arrival at the workers‘ home. Who can translate the piece of paper which Frau Kaiser has put to him?The film deals with the feeling of cultural immobility.
Burhan’s story is combined with music by contemporary artists, who make the intercultural exchange and, in some cases, their own migration background to the subject of their music. The music tells the film.Through the medium of music, the film creates an emotional bridge between Orient and Occident. The aim of the film is to attract attention for millions of people who are homeless now, who are involuntarily looking for a new home. The film wants to sensitize to the music, which has the energy to unite people in the heart and shows musicians who manage to interact through their music in exchange and to find peace and patience through the music.The camera travels through drawings by the artist Andrea Übelacker, who show the journey from Turkey to Germany in the 1960s, scenes of the arrival and the imaginary return, an off-voice tells the story of the Turkish guest worker Burhan.To this end, we see long shots of musicians who play a part of their repertoire for the film – often giving  an insight into their personal rehearsal rooms – and short interviews with them. The musicians come from different corners of the world and developed a common language with the help of music, which draws its strength precisely from their very different ways of life and perspectives.
The participating musicians are:

Prof. Wilfried Kaets conducts the Rochus Choir in Cologne, where musicians from Turkey, Germany, the Czech Republic, Syria, Austria, Iran, Romania, Iraq, Serbia, Israel and Russia play their own Christian, Jewish, Islamic and agnostic music styles as common music.

Ahmet Aslan sings a song in Turkish, which is a poem by Nazim Hikmet and plays classical guitar.

Betin Günes plays with his Turkish Chamber Orchestra, which combines German and Turkish musicians, who play oriental and western music.

Dr. Yekta Arman has been running the German-Turkish theater Tiyatrom in Berlin for 35 years, where great emphasis is placed on working with young people.

Hermann Reindorf from the Cologne club Arschhuh speaks, among other themes, about musicians in Cologne, who are committed to the spirit of the world.

In 2016, Emre Yavuz won the first prize of the Viennese pianist competition and the Schubert Prize and plays a baroque piece in the film as a Turkish-born pianist.

Agnes Erkens sings a Jewish song in Hebrew.

Mehmet Akbas sings in Zaza. In his band Turkish and German musicians are united.

Höhner from Cologne is struggling against racism.

Trio Mara from Austria sing about love in Kurdish.

Moe Obazawa and Manubi Endo come from Japan and play together on the piano with singing.

Kent Koda mix oriental rhythms with indie folk elements and sing in Turkish.

Annan Cumbul talks about his life in Germany and Turkey.

Gülperi Capar talks about love that can solve many problems.

Fatih Cevikkollu is a German cabaret artist with Turkish background and tells racists to shut up.

Aykut Sahin and Band unite Turkish, Circassian, German and Tunisian musicians in pieces with Circassian chanting.

Mikrophon Mafia raps in different languages, from Italian to Turkish to Kölsch.

Kemal Dinc and Ahmet Aslan play classical baglama and guitar at the end of the film. Before their performance in the still empty Urania Berlin, they present a Turkish song for the film, which reminds us that we have come to this world with nothing and will leave it so.

„The sky has no walls,“ is written at the end.