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WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS?

by Eva Spreitzhofer

synopsis

Wanda, 49-year-old atheist feminist from Vienna, faces her worst nightmare when her teenage daughter Nina announces that she has converted to Islam, is going to wear a headscarf and from now on should be called Fatima. Mother’s world is turned upside down. To top it all off, Wanda’s ex-husband becomes a father again, which only makes her wishing for the good old times to come back when her only problems were her daughter ditching school and smoking pot.
Surprisingly, she finds a supporter. It’s Hanife – a mother of Nina’s friend Maryam – who together with her parents immigrated to Austria 35 years ago in order to be saved from the outdated image of women having to cover their hair. Together they embark on a comic search for explanations, a sense of belonging and identity.

international title: What Have We Done to Deserve This?
original title: Womit haben wir das verdient?
country: Austria
sales agent: Pluto Film
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Eva Spreitzhofer
film run: 91'
release date: AT 30/11/2018, DE 24/01/2019
screenplay: Eva Spreitzhofer
cast: Caroline Peters, Simon Schwarz, Hilde Dalik, Pia Hierzegger, Alev Irmak, Chantal Zitzenbacher, Marcel Mohab, Christian Dungl
cinematography by: Xiaosu Han
film editing: Alarich Lenz
art director: Gerhard Dohr, Katrin Huber
costumes designer: Martina List
music: Iva Zabkar
producer: Thomas Hroch, Gerald Podgornig
line producer: Alfred Strobl
production: Mona Film
distributor: Luna Filmverleih GmbH, Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH, Frenetic Films
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