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When We Leave

Die Fremde

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What would you sacrifice to maintain your dignity? Trapped in an unhappy marriage in Istanbul, Umay flees back to her family in Berlin with her five-year old son, Cem. Although she explains the horrors of her marriage to her family, they insist that she return to her husband. While she and her family are German citizens, they are also of Turkish descent, and her return pits them against the traditions of the Turkish immigrant community. When the family decides to restore their reputation by returning Cem to his father, Umay escapes from under their roof to establish a new life for herself. But her desire for her families’ approval, and their desire for traditional acceptability, places them in unavoidable conflict.