Berlin Alexanderplatz at the 2021 Berlin and Beyond Film Festival

(San Francisco) – The famous 1929 novel by Alfred Döblin in which a man seeks to reinvent himself has been remade into a film again. Director Burhan Qurbani presents the story of an undocumented immigrant man from West Africa and his saga to reinvention. His immigration status in Germany, makes it almost impossible to move forward. The screenplay was written by Martin Behnke and Burhan Qurbani.

Berlin Alexanderplatz is one of the highlights at the 2021 Berlin and Beyond Film Festival, taking place in a few weeks, from May 25th through May 30th. The festival will be mostly online, but it will have two movie nights under the stars at Fort Mason, and several screenings with limited attendance at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco.

Berlin AlexanderPlatz.

Tickets can be found at

At a recent virtual press conference, the festival’s organizers said they are excited to be able to offer the public an amazing selection of films related to the German culture and that the festival promotes multiculturalism. “Our festival is a way to build bridges between cultures,” said Noémi Njangiru, President of the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival.

The film was released in Germany in 2020. I83 minutes.

-Lupita Franco Peimbert.

Director Burhan Qurbani.

BIO: Burhan Qurbani

In 1979, Burhan Qurbani’s parents fled to Germany as political refugees. He was born in 1980vand grew up in various German cities, due to his father’s work for the US army.

After his high school graduation in 2000, he gained experience at theatres in Stuttgart and Hannover. From 2002 he studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg. His student short films won prizes at many international film festivals.

In 2010, his graduation film “Shahada” screened in competition at Berlinale and was critically acclaimed and awarded at many festivals around the world. With the short documentary “Krieger ohne Feind” (Warrior Without Enemy), Burhan participated in the documentary project “20x Brandenburg”, which won the prestigious Grimme Award in 2011. Qurbani’s second fiction feature “We are Young. We are Strong.” (2014) opened the competition at both the RomeInternational Film Festival and Hof International Film Festival and received multiple awards worldwide.

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