Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush

119 mins.
Directed by Andreas Dresen
German and Turkish with subtitles; English
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October 2001. Bremen, Germany. For Rabiye Kurnaz, a loving wife and mother, her close-knit Turkish-German immigrant family is the center of her world. Shortly after her oldest son Murat goes missing, the Kurnaz’ learn that he has been arrested in Pakistan, detained without trial and sent to the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp as a suspected terrorist.

Rabiye immediately springs into action, but soon finds herself alone and out of her depth. Things change when Bernhard Docke, a level-headed human rights lawyer, takes on her case. Together, the two find themselves enmeshed in global politics as they battle for the release of her son, all the way to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

This comedy/drama was a multiple award-winner at both the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2022 German Film Awards.


In partnership with the Goethe-Institut Boston, Amherst Cinema presents New Films From Germany, a continuing series with a special focus on the work of emerging directors and featuring award-winning films rarely shown outside Europe.