Maryam, Samir and Ismail, three German-born Muslims living in Berlin, struggle to find their place between faith and modern life. Caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted traditions, they are forced to question their identity, faith and values.
Reminiscent of Fatih Akin’s visceral immigrant tales, Burhan Qurbani’s Berlin-set debut wrestles with the forbidding strictures of religion and tradition. Threaded by interlocking stories that deal with intolerance and homophobia, Shahada questions what it means to be Muslim in the western world.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States