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BFK | 29.11.2023 | Money for Bread (1994)

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Originaltittel: Ekmek Parasi - Geld fürs Brot
Visningsformat: DCP (1.33:1)
Regissør: Serap Berrakkarasu
Produksjonsland: Tyskland
Språk: Tyrkisk, Tysk
Undertekst: Engelsk
Lengde: 1 time 44 minutter


Money for Bread er en sterk film om de vanskelige livene til kvinner som jobber på en fiskefabrikk i Lübeck. Filmens lo-fi-estetikk forsterker råheten av fortellingen, og viser den enorme byrden disse kvinnene bærer, idet de balanserer det utmattende fabrikkarbeidet med endeløse oppgaver hjemme. Disse motstandsdyktige kvinnene fortsetter å jobbe med urokkelig besluttsomhet, i kontrast til ektemennene deres som nyter fritiden etter en arbeidsdag. Money for Bread vant dokumentarfilmprisen under Nordiske Filmdager i 1994.


“The vegetables come from the garden behind the house, the fish comes out of a can, and money for bread is earned at the factory. It’s because of this money that they came here. Women from Turkey stand side-by-side with women from Mecklenburg at the conveyor belt of a fish-processing factory in Lübeck. Their hands are stained brown, the pungent smell of fish clings to them, and their arms and backs ache. If these jobs were done by men, machines would have been invented long ago to replace them.”
- Linde Fröhlich, Nordic Film Days Lübeck 1994

Money for Bread offers a compelling portrayal of the lives and shattered dreams of women factory workers, enveloped in lo-fi aesthetics that enhance the rawness of their experiences. With unflinching honesty, the film delves into the demanding dual burden these women face, juggling their tireless labor within the factory walls and their endless responsibilities on the home front. In stark contrast to their husbands, who revel in leisure after a day's work, these resilient women persistently toil, their determination shining through the film's poignant narrative.

Serap Berrakkarasu, a filmmaker born in Istanbul in 1962, made her mark with a powerful directorial debut in 1989 under the auspices of the LAG Film in Hamburg. Her film Töchter zweier Welten (1991) poignantly portrays Turkish migrant women from diverse generations, and its inclusion in the prestigious Berlinale retrospective "Selbstbestimmt" in 2019 is a testament to its profound impact. Berrakkarasu further solidified her talent with "Ekmek parasi," a documentary that received the Documentary Film Award at the esteemed Nordic Film Days in 1994. Today, she resides in Lübeck, where her contributions extend beyond the realm of filmmaking as she works diligently at the Youth Migration Service (JMD) of the Gemeindediakonie, shaping the lives of young migrants with her expertise and compassion.