Kleine Freiheit

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Kleine Freiheit
Kleine Freiheit poster.jpg
Region 2 DVD cover
Directed by Yüksel Yavuz
Produced by Tobias Büchner, Ralph E. Cotta, Peter Stockhaus, Claudia Tronnier
Written by Henner Winckler Yüksel Yavuz
Starring Cagdas Bozkurt, Necmettin Çobanoglu, Leroy Delmar
Music by Ali Ecber
Cinematography Patrick Orth
Edited by Lars Späth
Release date
Running time
100 min.
Country Germany
Language German

Kleine Freiheit (international title: A Little Bit of Freedom) is a 2003 film by Kurdish director Yüksel Yavuz about the friendship (and later relationship) between two teenage boys who are illegal immigrants in Germany.


Baran (Cagdas Bozkurt) is a young Kurd who was sent to Hamburg after his parents, who had helped Kurdish rebels, were betrayed and subsequently killed by the Turkish militia. Now that Baran is 16, he is no longer allowed to stay in Germany and faces the bleak prospect of getting deported back.

Baran meets Chernor (Leroy Delmar), an African boy who has the same problem and trafficks drugs to make some money.

Things get even more complicated when Baran spots the traitor of his family and wants to kill him. However, the man pleads for his life and Baran spares him. Finally, both Cherno and Baran, who had made a desperate attempt to free Cherno, are arrested by the police.

Critical reaction[edit]

The movie was critically well-received, particularly because of its accurate depiction of the Turkish–Kurdish conflict and the acting prowess of the nonprofessional actors. Cagdas Bozkurt won an acting prize at the Ankara film festival, while the movie won a viewers' choice award in Istanbul.

Kleine Freiheit, the German title of the movie, ("Little Freedom", translated literally) is a wordplay on Große Freiheit (literally "Great Freedom"), the rather famous name of a street in the red light St. Pauli district where the plot is set.

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