Global Family


Innis Town Hall Sat, Apr 28, 2018 5:30 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 7 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Families & Family Stories
Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Race & Racism
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Melanie Andernach
Andreas Köhler
Producer(s):Melanie Andernach
Editor(s):Nicole Kortlüke
Carina Mergens
Writer(s):Melanie Andernach
Andreas Köhler
Cinematography:Andreas Köhler
Composer:Stefan Will
Sound:Melanie Andernach
Manuel Laval
Matthias Schwab


Driven out of Somalia by civil war, Imra and each of her children were forced to seek refugee status in separate countries. Spread across Germany, Italy, Canada and Ethiopia, they assumed they'd reunite in the future, but decades later they remain apart. When a crisis hits and elderly Imra must move again, the question of where to go becomes urgent and complicated. Filmmakers Melanie Andernach and Andreas Köhler travel the globe between each of Imra's children, documenting just how convoluted the idea of home has become. Battling indifferent bureaucracies, economic realities and intolerant communities, each one struggles to accept whether they're where they belong, or if their family can ever be whole again. Beautifully shot and stirring unexpected conflicts along the way, this nuanced look at the immigrant experience is as timely as it is touching. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Co-presented with Goethe-Institut.

The Changing Face of Europe program presented in partnership with European Film Promotion (EFP). Film recommended by EFP member German Films. [More]

Additional Information

Variety - "Hot Docs, EFP Offer Peek at ‘Changing Face of Europe'"