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Rabiye Kurnaz Vs. George W. Bush

Original name: Rabiye
English name: Rabiye Kurnaz Vs. George W. Bush
Year: 2022
Run time: 119 Minutes
Language: German,Turkish, English
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Germany, France
Director: Andreas Dresen
Producers: Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Cast: Meltem Kaptan, Alexander Scheer, Charly Hübner, Nazmi Kirik, Sevda Polat, Abdullah Emre Öztürk, Şafak Şengül, Jeanette Spassova
Screenplay: Laila Stieler
Cinematographer: Andreas Höfer
Editor: Jörg Hauschild
Sound Designer: Peter Schmidt, Oswald Schwander
Music Composer: Johannes Repka, Cenk Erdoğan
Production Company: Pandora Film Produktion
World Sales: The Match Factory


  • Berlinale
  • Karlovy Vary IFF
  • Seattle IFF
  • Cork IFF

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Gundermann
  • 2015 As We Were Dreaming
  • 2011 Stopped On Track
  • 2008 Cloud 9
  • 2002 Grill Point
  • 1992 Silent Country

Director's Biography:

Andreas Dresen

Andreas Dresen gained his first practical film experience as an assistant director at DEFA. He subsequently studied directing at the University of Film & Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg and, since 1992, has been a writer and director of film, theatre and opera. His film Grill Point (2002) was a worldwide success and won awards including the Silver Bear at the 2002 Berlinale. In 2011, Stopped On Track won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes. Gundermann (2018) won six German Film Awards including Best Film. Rabiye Kurnaz Vs. George W. Bush is his fourth film to screen in the Berlinale Competition.


Murat is incarcerated in the U.S.’ Guantanamo detention camp. Desperate to help her son, Rabiye Kurnaz, a housewife and loving mother from Bremen, goes to the police, notifies authorities and almost despairs at their impotence, until she discovers Bernhard Docke. The reserved, level-headed human rights lawyer and the temperamental Turkish mother – now fighting side-by-side for Murat’s release. Docke is patient, Rabiye is not. She’d actually prefer to be back home with her family but finds herself totally enmeshed in world politics. She goes with Bernhard to Washington, and right up to the Supreme Court to bring legal action against George W. Bush. Bernhard watches out for her. And Rabiye makes him laugh. With heart and soul. And in the end, against all the odds, something truly remarkable happens.