Die Fremde (When We Leave) by Feo Aladag

Die Fremde (When We Leave) by Feo Aladag

Feo Aladag, the first woman ever in Competition for the LUX Prize, directed, produced and wrote this chilling portrait of a family trying to reconcile its traditional beliefs and customs with the demands of modern society and their daughter’s search for independence. In this first feature film, Ms Aladag said she was inspired by some film work she had done for Amnesty International on violence against women.
 
It is however just one of the themes that the film tackles. She said her work for Amnesty left her wanting to explore the missed opportunities to build bridges between family values and individual aspirations. Can a family’s attachment to their traditions be reconciled with a women’s need for independence? What can push a family to violence even if there is love? Can a family’s violence against its women member ever be understood although never justified? Can a woman expect her family’s love even if she does not follow the same path as them in her life?
Following the screening of Die Fremde at the Venice Days of the 67th Mostra on 10 September 2010 with the support of the LUX Prize, the film was sold in the United States and Canada. Die Fremde is also running for the 2011 Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film.
 
Parliament's demand for a European Year to fight violence against women (9/09/2010)
Parliament's seminar on "Violence against Women” at the Parliament (15/03/2010)
Amnesty International campaign on "Stop violence against women"
Synopsis and trailer of Die Fremde as well as Feo Aladag in a nutshell
Interviews of Feo Aladag: by EuroparlTV in Veniceon cineuropa.org