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DE 1994 | Director, Script: Serap Berrakkarasu | Camera, Editor: Gisela Tuchtenhagen | Production: Serap Berrakkarasu, Serap Berrakkarasu Filmproduktion | Colour | DCP of 16mm, restored version | 104 min | german/turkish OV with german/turkish SUB | Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.

They get their vegetables from the garden behind the house, their fish from a can, and the money for bread from their work in the factory. It was the lure of this money that brought them here. Women from Turkey and women from Mecklenburg – they work side by side on the conveyer belt of a Lübeck fish factory. Their hands are stained brown, the pungent smell of fish clings to everything, their arms and backs ache. If this work were done by men, it would have been automated long ago. But female labour is cheap, and the women don’t complain. They have learned to work, and they are proud of it. 

Serap Berrakkarasu has managed to build a relationship of trust because she approaches the women with feeling and great interest, and because she speaks their language. Ekmek Parasi, Money for Bread is a film in German and Turkish, which lends it its charm and authenticity. Typical women's work has always been communicative. Serap Berakkarasu and Gisela Tuchtenhagen have managed to take up this communication and to preserve its directness and spontaneity in the film. At the end, the filmmakers are seen off by the fish factory workers like colleagues: have a nice weekend! (Linde Fröhlich, Nordic Film Days Lübeck catalogue, 1994)

SA, 27.11.21


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