What is life like when you arrive as the 1,000,001st gastarbeiter (foreign work force) in Germany at the end of the 1960s? Many worry about whether the toilets would have an actual seat, about giant rats taken for walks on a leash, about their feelings of exclusion when their children speak in German instead of their mother tongue, and about how Christmas is celebrated.

Almanya: Welcome To Germany

What is life like when you arrive as the 1,000,001st gastarbeiter (foreign work force) in Germany at the end of the 1960s? Many worry about whether the toilets would have an actual seat, about giant rats taken for walks on a leash, about their feelings of exclusion when their children speak in German instead of their mother tongue, and about how Christmas is celebrated. But despite these fears, Hüseyin Yilmaz stays and explores his new German home with his family. This movie tells the story of Hüseyin and his family leaving Turkey in the mid-60s to go to Germany to support the German financial recovery as gastarbeiter.

Release Date:

2011