Kaddisch für einen Freund (2012)
Original title: Kaddish For A Friend
Director: Leo Khasin | 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama | 15 March 2012 (Germany)
Growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp, 14-year-old Ali Messalam learned from an early age to hate “the Jews.” After fleeing together with his family from Lebanon, he has been living in Berlin-Kreuzberg for four years. The toleration is still on shaky ground, but the family may initially leave the refugee home and move into their own apartment on Mehringplatz. Here Ali is looking for a connection with the Arab youth in the neighborhood.
Screenwriter and director Leo Khasin tells in his feature film debut of the conflict between Arabs and Jews, but which develops into a touching story of an unequal friendship. The Kaddish, one of the most important Jewish prayers, is a reminder of departed souls and is recited at funerals by the deceased’s next male relative. At the end of the film, Ali, an Arab boy, now speaks the Kaddish for his dead Jewish friend Alexander.