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Discrimination in German Film?

"I can summarize the roles that I get offered in one word: Kanaks“Says the actor Tayfun Bademsoy. He was born in Turkey, came to Berlin when he was ten and speaks accent-free German. He has been working as an actor in Germany for 36 years. The roles offered to him: greengrocer or Terrorists. On these clichéd Offers hasn't changed much in recent years, he says.

Bademsoy looks strong Discrimination in the Branch. Actors with a migration background would rarely get good roles. playagent Rudolf Oshege is aware of the problem. His too Clients often just get stereotypical Roles offered. "That is not wanted or controlled. But it sneaks so a", he says.

However, there are also some actors who share the stereotypes escape: about the of Turkish descent Sibel Kekilli, who became known with the film “Gegen die Wand” in 2004 and last appeared in the US series “Game of Thrones”. She has won awards for her work several times. Meanwhile becomes they no longer on the role of women of Turkish descent set: She has played the German in the television series “Tatort” since 2010 Commissioner Sarah Brandt.

Elyas M'Barek is also no longer tied to stereotypical roles. He played one in the "Fack ju Göhte" films Bank robbers and in Comedies like "dream women" the man to fall in love with. These films were very successful in Germany. For Bademsoy represent Kekilli and M'Barek but not everyday life in German film and television. Because there you still see people with a migration background much less often than in real life. "When you turn on the television, reflects that is not the reality on German roads contrary", he says.


Migration background
(m., only singular) - the fact that the parents or grandparents came to Germany from another country

Kanake, -n (m.) - swear word for: the foreigner (especially from southern countries)

accent-free - so that someone can pronounce the words of a language without the slightest mistake

Terrorist - someone who wants to achieve his political or religious goals through violence

clichéd - so that something is full of prejudices (noun: the cliché)

Discrimination, -en (f.) - treating people who have a different skin color, religion, culture, etc. to have

Industry sectors (f.) - the work area; an area of ​​the economy

agent - here: someone whose job it is to find jobs for artists

Client - someone who is looking for professional advice and help from someone

stereotypical - always in the same way; thus: → clichéd

to control something - here: doing something on purpose; do something targeted

to sneak in - here: happen even if it is not intended

escape something - here: to no longer be affected by something

of Turkish descent - so that you or your parents were born in Turkey

to be committed to something - here: always have only one possibility; have no choice because others only perceive you in relation to something

Commissioner, -e / Commissioner, -nen - a police officer

Bank robbers - someone who wants to steal money from a bank

Comedy, -n (f.) - here: a film that has a funny plot

represent something - to stand for something; be typical of something

to | reflect something - show something; to reveal something

Questions about the text

1. Tayfun Bademsoy complains that he is ... being offered.

a) too few roles
b) only stereotypical roles
c) never play the role of an evil one

2. Rudolf Oshege says that ...
a) there is no discrimination against actors in German films.
b) the filmmakers deliberately fail to offer the actors good roles.
c) the discrimination exists, even if nobody really wants it.

3. What does Bademsoy say about Elyas M'Barek and Sibel Kekilli?
a) The success of the two actors is an exception.
b) M'Barek and Kekilli are discriminated against.
c) Even if they have made successful films, they are rather unknown on German streets.

4. The acting agentOshege, ... clients are often offered stereotypical roles, knows the problem of actors with a migration background.
a) its
b) their
c) those

5. Sibel Kekilli is one of the actresses ... non-clichéd roles are also offered.
b) the
c) that

Work order
What is the situation like in your home country? Are there actors with a migrant background often seen in important roles on television?