No place like home? Or impossible homecomings in the films of Fatih Akin | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1474-2756
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0578


Fatih Akin, one of the most prominent directors of contemporary German-Turkish cinema, describes himself as a German filmmaker and at least until the international success of / (2004) downplayed the relevance of his ethnic background for his creative career. And yet, his feature films exhibit most of the characteristics associated with accented cinema, a type of cinema which has been identified by Hamid Naficy as an aesthetic response to displacement through exile, migration or diaspora. The underlying theme of Akin's films is the migrant's experience of rootlessness and the redemptive promise inherent in the return to ones . This paper examines chronotopes of homeland in / (1998), (2002) and and asks to what extent the preoccupation with , alongside the eclectic mix of generic templates which have informed Akin's films, underscore the cultural hybridity of his .


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Keyword(s): accented cinema; diaspora; Fatih Akin; German-Turkish cinema; Heimatfilm
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