ICA Summer Film Festival - "Kebab Connection" (2004)

2011 ICA Summer Film Festival-A World of Laughter

June 23—September 15, 2011


“Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.” —Mel Brooks

The ability to make someone laugh with you, to share a moment of unabashed mirth, is a wonderful gift.  When people share a genuine laugh, barriers of language, class, gender, and religion can be erased instantaneously, if only for a moment.  This laughter may stem from theabsurd or slapstick, the cutting or insightful, but it always disarms the viewer and includes them in the fun.  This year, the Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies brings you six films from around the globe whose directors apply this gift of laughter to a variety of subjects and situations.  Travel the world with us to experience the humor that infects us all, to share a good laugh, and to be reminded that wherever we are, there is always something to make us smile.

Introduction by Burcu Karahan, Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature

In Hamburg, Ibrahim "Ibo" Secmez, of Turkish descent, wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie. For now, he makes commercials for his uncle's kebab restaurant. Titzie, an aspiring actress and Ibo's German girlfriend, finds she's pregnant. Ibo is uncertain about fatherhood - compounded by his father's disowning him for getting a German girl pregnant - so Titzie sends him packing. He makes attempts at getting it right, but as the birth approaches, he's still not ready. In the background are three thugs in search of good tripe soup and a Capulet-Montegue feud between the kebab joint and a Greek taverna across the street. Can Ibo be the glove upon that hand?

96 mins. (German/Greek/Turkish with English subtitles)
This film is not rate.

Sponsored by the Abbasi Program Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum


Thursday, August 18, 2011 | 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
Building 200 - Room 002 (Basement), 450 Serra Mall Stanford University

Division of International Comparative & Area Studies (ICA)
The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies