Haymatloz – Exile in Turkey

a documentary by Eren Önsöz

During the second world war, a considerable number of German intellectuals emigrated to Turkey at the invitation of Atatürk and went on to definitively shape teaching and instruction in Turkish universities. With scenes from Germany, England, Switzerland, and Turkey, Turkish-born filmmaker Önsöz accompanies the descendants and students of these German exiles and sheds light on a memorable piece of history whose meaning is still felt in the present – these renowned Germans played a substantial role in the Europeanization of Turkey. But what exactly remains of this cultural and knowledge transfer – given that the Turkey of today reflects a visible reversal of Atatürk’s reforms and a dissolution of secular structures? Did the efforts of these exiles suffer the same fate?
A film about Germany’s intellectual elite in exile in Turkey: pursued, courted, and somewhat „turkified.“

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Screenplay and direction: Eren Önsöz
Cinematography: Andreas Köhler

Sound: Constantin Bömers, Alexander Czart, Aykut Tefe

Editing: Elisabeth Raßbach


In co-production with Mamoko Entertainment

Prearrangement funded by Filmstiftung NRW.

Production funded by Filmstiftung NRW and BKM.

Theatrical distribution Germany: Mindjazz Pictures
World Sales: Ruthfilms Ltd.


Festival Türkei-Deutschland Nürnberg

Filmkunstfest Schwerin
Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Istanbul International Film Festival