In the early 1960s, the so-called guest workers from Anatolia and other parts of Turkey were recruited by the Federal Republic of Germany. From the beginning, there was something that always accompanied them and was part of their culture: their music – a piece of home in a foreign land. Over the years, independent musical directions developed in Germany that did not exist in this form in the mother country.
This unprecedented story of an independent musical culture of immigrants from Turkey, their children and grandchildren in Germany, is told in the exciting documentary LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD (LOVE, D-MARK AND DEATH) in an entertaining and very complex way with never-before-seen archive material. Director Cem Kaya makes this story accessible to a German-speaking and international audience and makes it possible to experience it across generations. In addition, the film opens up many new perspectives on politically and socially relevant topics such as belonging, identity and participation.