In the Rose Garden

Writer & Director Leis Bagdach
Producer Holm Taddiken (Neufilm), Arek Gielnik (Indi Film)
Commissioning Editor Stefanie GroƟ (SWR), Daniela Muck (arte)

Status: production

Berlin rap star Yak, plagued by a crisis of meaning at the height of his career, receives surprising news from his almost forgotten father, who unexpectedly returned to his home country of Syria over 30 years ago. His father is lying in a Cologne hospital in a coma; and has brought Yak a surprise: a 12-year-old half-sister named Latifa, who speaks only Arabic. Thrust together out of the blue, the siblings set off on an odyssey across Germany. Their journey becomes a search for their own roots, the meaning of (folk) music, and the answer to the ultimate question: what exactly is Heimat*?

*HEIMAT is an untranslatable German word that roughly means HOME


Yak/FTHR Kostja Ullmann
Latifa Safinaz Sattar
Father Husam Chadat
Mother Petra Schmidt-Schaller
Grandmother Urasula Werner
Art Tom Lass
Fee Verena Altenberger
King Thomas Arnold
Christian Nico Seyfrid (K.I.Z.)


Cinematography Andreas Bergmann
Editing Claudia Wolscht
Sound Design Andreas Hildebrand
Scenography Stephanie Strecker
Costume Tini Fetscher
Make-up Monika Knauf, Marina Arent
Lighting Gilmar Steinig
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