24 International Film Festival

7 - 13 OCT 2019 in Chemnitz

for Children and Young Audience

Archive | 1996-2018

Films presented by SCHLINGEL since 1996

Kaddish for a Friend

Kaddish for a Friend - Kaddisch für einen Freund

While growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp, 14-year-old Ali learned as a young boy to hate “the Jews”. Now his family, who lost everything in Lebanon during the war, has moved to Berlin. On his first day there, Ali discovers that a Russian man lives above them – ironically a Jew! This is Alexander Zamskoy, he is 84 years old and has lived alone in the now somewhat run down apartment since the death of his wife. Soon, the boy and the old man get acquainted, at first in a very unpleasant way. An Arab youth gang including his cousin Younes require a test of courage of Ali, he is to break into the Jew’s home. Ali opens the door with a trick, but then the boys destroy the entire furnishings and write “Jew = Nazi” on the wall. Surprised by Zamskoy, the youths can escape, only Ali is caught by the old man and loses one of his sneakers. With the evidence in hand, Zamskoy goes to the police and reports the boy. Now Ali and his family, who are only “tolerated” in Germany, are threatened with deportation. In their distress, Ali’s mother asks the neighbour to withdraw the charge. Zamskoy agrees, but only on one condition: Ali has to redecorate his apartment and thus repair the damage.


Country: D
Year: 2011
Running Time: 94 minutes
Recommended Age: from 14 years
Festival Year: 2012
Category: Focus Germany
Direction: Leo Khasin
Screenplay: Leo Khasin
Camera: Mathias Schöningh
Editor: Horst Reiter
Music: Fabian Römer, Dieter Schleip
Actor: Ryszard Ronczewski, Sanam Afrashteh, Neil Belakhdar, Neil Malik Abdullah, Heinz W. Krückeberg
Producer/Coproducer: WDR, ARTE, BR, SiMa Film Sigrid und Martin Bach GbR

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