A Film by Lorenz Christian Köhler


A female arabic refugee in immigration authority: She is begging to catch up with her children. They got separated. The responsible official tells her that his hands are tied. As the situation escalates the official throws the woman out of his office. A bit later, we see him, visiting his old mother. With her, we are traveling in her past – we will see what happened with her, 40 years ago in West-Berlin…The same situation, the same dialogues, the same office… The film is dealing with the tragedy of separation between children and
mothers beyond cultural differences.


  • Picture of Lorenz Christian Köhler © Jan Pauls

    Lorenz Christian Köhler

    Lorenz Christian Köhler was born in Eisenach in 1972. After finishing school he studied Acting at the The Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin. 1999 till 2001 he was engaged at the Faust-Ensemble by Peter Stein. After that he worked as an Actor in various Theater- and Filmproductions in Germany. 2004 he founded, together with his partner Nanda Ben Chaabane, the Company for theater- and filmproduction Drehbühne Berlin. The first Production of the Company “The little Prince” turned to a hit in Berlin and in Germany and was shown over 600 times. 2011 this stage piece was adapted to a film, also under the direction of Lorenz Chr. Köhler. All theater productions, in which Lorenz mainly works as Director, are combinations between Theater and Film. His last work on stage was an adaption of Junglebook at the tropical houses of the Botanical Garden in Berlin.

Awards + Festivals

  • 10th NEW YORK INDEPENDANT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York City, NY, USA)July 1, 2019
  • CORTI DI LUNGA MEMORIA 2019 - LONG MEMORY SHORT FILMS INT. FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ascoli Piceno, Italy)November 7, 2019
  • 22nd FALUDI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)November 27, 2019
  • 2nd QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)December 7, 2019
  • 3rd MUESTRA DE CINEMA EL TUMBAO (Official Selection, Alicante, Spain)December 12, 2019
  • 5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2020
  • 3rd COURAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)January 28, 2020
  • 24th BERLIN & BEYOND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Francisco, CA, USA)February 7, 2020
  • 21st LANDSHUT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landshut, Germany)March 25, 2020
    HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - 2019 SUMMER FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)March 28, 2020
  • 14th SORSICORTI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palermo, PA, Italy)June 11, 2020
  • 2nd NOVA FRONTIER FILM FESTIVAL & LAB (Official Selection, Brooklyn, New York, USA)June 12, 2020
  • 5th DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 18, 2020


Lorenz Christian Köhler, Nanda Ben Chaabane
Lorenz Christian Köhler
Lorenz Christian Köhler, Nanda Ben Chaabane
Director of Photography
Benjamin Raeder
Art Direction
Nanda Ben Chaabane
Costume Design
Antje Johnigk
Robert Sandow, Dennis Gross
Felix Rudek
Sound Design
Sebastian Müller
Sebastian Müller


Arabic Mother & German Mother
Nanda Ben Chaabane
First Official
Ole Eisfeld
Second Official
Lorenz Christian Köhler


Running Time
8:57 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
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Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Drehbühne Berlin
Lorenz Christian Köhler
Königstraße 5
14109 Berlin

+49 (0)179 2087 053