Human Rights Competition

Bastion of Sin / Hochburg der Sunden

Year
2008
Country
Germany
Duration
78’
Director
Thomas Lauterbach

Aysel is a religious Muslim, living as a housewife and mother in the provincial south of Germany. She learns that the state theatre in Stuttgart is looking for non-professional actresses and decided to try seeing an opportunity to escape from her tedious everyday existence. This little change in Aysel's life soon proves to be a hard challenge to her view of the world. The director wants to penetrate the highly secretive world of Muslim women. Wearing the Muslim headscarf, she has to defend her values and lifestyle to other more modern Turkish women involved. Torn between her desire for freedom and her own traditions, Aysel gets entangled in a conflict with her beliefs. Aysel begins to struggle with the cliches, with the "immorality" in the theatre – and ultimately with her very self.

Production
INDI FILM in co-production with SWR
Sales
Deckert Distribution, Marienplatz 1, 04103 Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 215 66 38, info@deckert-distribution.com
Director
Thomas Lauterbach

Thomas Lauterbach was born in 1976 in Wetzlar, Germany. After a traineeship as digital media designer, he studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg for director in documentary film in 2002—2007.

Selected Filmography

Oh – Sugarcane (2002), The Heap (2005), Ambush (2005), Dirty Princess (2008), Bastion of Sin (2008)

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