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TO NOV. 17
“We fly here in the passenger cabin and fly back in the cargo hold,” jokes the father of filmmaker Fatih Akin in his son’s We Forgot to Go Back (at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3), a 2000 study of one Turko-German family’s relationship with its two homelands. In fact, some of Akin’s aunts, uncles, and cousins have returned to Turkey, but many other Turkish immigrants are now firmly rooted in Germany. That includes a new generation of filmmakers who, like Akin, don’t depict Turko-Germans merely as victims of neo-Nazi aggression or as the enigmatic outsiders of Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire. In Weed, a 1996 Akin short showing with We Forgot to Go Back, a young Turko-German vacationing in Turkey (played by the filmmaker) finds himself in a comic scenario that could be set in any small, relatively affluent resort town whose only pot dealer has just been busted. This series includes films by several of the best-known Young Turks, including Thomas (A Fine Day) Arslan, whose 1998 Dealer (pictured; at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10) is the saga of a struggling young couple in a rough Turkish neighborhood of Berlin. It will be shown with German Cops, Aysun Bademsoy’s 1999 documentary about police officers of Turkish and Yugoslav descent who patrol an ethnically diverse Berlin precinct. The program concludes with Anam (at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17), Buket Alakus’s 2001 film about a traditional Turkish woman whose assumptions are rattled when she learns that her husband is having an affair and her son is involved with drugs. The series runs through Monday, Nov. 17, at the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes’ Goethe Forum, 812 7th St. NW. $6.50. (202) 289-1200. (Mark Jenkins)