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Film und Medien Stiftung NRW"Rabiye Kurnaz Vs. George W. Bush"

"Rabiye Kurnaz Vs. George W. Bush" by Andreas Dresen, produced by Cologne-based Pandora Film Produktion, had already celebrated its world premiere in the Berlinale’s competition last February and was subsequently awarded several German prizes, including the German Film Award in Silver. The drama was co-produced by Germany’s Iskremas and France’s Cinéma Defacto, with participation by broadcaster NDR with rbb, BR, Radio Bremen, Arte and Arte France Cinéma. Laila Stieler based her screenplay on a true story and was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale. The fight for the release of her son Murat catapults the Turkish housewife Rabiye Kurnaz straight from her terraced house in the German sticks into the world of international politics and eventually all the way to the Supreme Court in Washington. She is accompanied by the  human rights lawyer Bernhard Docke (Alexander Scheer) who joins her in the fight for justice and becomes her friend. The Filmstiftung supported the production, which was largely shot in NRW, with 1.2 million Euros. Additional support came from MBB, nordmedia, DFFF, BKM, FFA, and CNC.