House Without Roof


Feature Film, 117 min, Germany/Iraq (KRG)/Qatar

Writer & Director: Soleen Yusef

Production: mîtosfilm in coproduction with SWR, ARTE and Essence Film GmbH

Cast: Murat Seven, Sasun Sayan, Mina Ö. Sağdıç, Wedad Sabri, Ahmet Zirek, Feyyaz Duman, Hussein Hassan and many more

Supported by: Kurdish Cultural Ministry/Duhok Cinema Department, MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg

World Premiere: Filmfest Munich 2016

German Cinema New Talent Award for Best Producer (Filmfest Munich)
Special Grand Prix of the Jury (Montreal World Film Festival)
Audience Award (Duhok International Film Festival)
First Steps Award - Best Feature Film
Peace Film Award (Unabhängiges Filmfest Osnabrück)
Best Feature Film (Manifesto Film Festival, Amsterdam)
Festivals (selection):
CINEDAYS Festival of European Film (Official Selection)
22nd Kolkata International Film Festival (International Competition for the Woman Director Award)
Filmschau Baden-Würtenberg (In Competition)
Dubai International Film Festival (Arabian Nights Section)
Tromsø International Film Festival (Competition)
Sofia International Film Festival (International Competition)


House Without Roof tells the story of the three siblings ALAN, JAN, and LIYA which were born in Iraqi Kurdistan but grew up in Germany. The three want to fulfil their mother's last wish and burry her in their home village next to their father who died in war. During this fraught Kurdish odyssey they are not only confronted by their big Kurdish family which doesn't accept their mother's wish but also by themselves. During the last years the distance between the family members has increased, each lives his own life and when they talk to each other it soon becomes dominated by mutual accusations. At the same time, a terrible conflict is rising in their home country and first noone recognizes the dimensions of this conflict.