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by Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian


Franziska comes from Bavaria and is in love with Jayakrishnan from southern India. When the couple decide that their love should lead to marriage and a life in Germany, both sets of in-laws find that cultural customs they took for granted are now suddenly subjected to scrutiny. Whilst Franziska’s parents chose to marry of their own free will, the marriage of Jayakrishnan’s parents was arranged within their own caste, as is customary in Caddalore in southern India. As far as they are concerned, their son’s intention not only to marry a foreigner but to marry for love represents a cruel act of revenge on the part of the gods, since the match calls into question their whole traditional way of life. Hoping to overcome cultural barriers, the parents of the Bavarian bride-to-be decide to travel to India to visit their future son-in-law’s parents.

original title: Amma & Appa
country: Germany
year: 2014
genre: documentary
directed by: Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian
film run: 89'
release date: DE 04/09/2014
screenplay: Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian
cinematography by: Minsu Park
film editing: Robert Vakily
producer: Ferdinand Freising, Cosima von Spreti, Marina Voeth
co-producer: Sonja Scheider, Natalie Lambsdorff
production: Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF), BR Bayerischer Rundfunk
distributor: Zorro Film


main awards/selection

Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Perspektive Deutsches Kino

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