Germany Bitter Homeland: Gypsy Queen


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Emin Ukar Ilbuga

Hussein Tabak took refuge in Austria in the 2012 film “The Beauty Doesn’t Matter” and his request for asylum has not yet been accepted. So, he spoke of the drama of a family living in fear of being sent back. At any given moment in Turkey, they worked through language, harmony, living, economic problems and isolated communication with their children. In the Gypsy Queen movie, which Tabak shot in 2019, this time the novel discusses immigration and the conditions of being an immigrant through a woman. In the picture, Ali, who has two children whose father was imprisoned in Romania and was not adopted by his own father, immigrated back to Germany in the face of his difficult life, his struggle to hold on to life, and his dream of returning home. Boxing, the work environment in a secluded environment and her children being given a foster family.

Women are women’s friends

As a single woman, Ali (Alina Sarban) is a brave woman who works day and night in various household chores, from building illegal asbestos to finding her rights in Hamburg without compromising. He and his two children share a home with a young German woman, and the unity of the two women strengthens both Ali and Mary (Irina Kurbanova). This family, founded with children, has a special meaning in the realization of their dreams and life struggles in the Hamburg district of Hamburg. Because Ali, who can spend very little time at home with his children, his relationships with his children come to the fore mostly due to concerns like their education, financial expenses of the house and children’s school expenses. Mary Ali, on the other hand, creates leisure moments for her children, such as painting, dancing and playing, where they can have fun together inside and outside the home.

Ali’s daughter Esmeraldar (Sarah Karkamo) in particular is experiencing increasing pain, peer bullying at school, and her contact with her mother, which is slowly breaking down, working day and night informally, with Ali living in St. Petersburg, Hamburg. He reached a different level when he entered Ritz Bar as a cleaner in St. Pauli district. Because for Ali, boxing, which he thinks is a thing of the past, became a way / purpose of existence in his new city. Appearing in front of customers in a boxing ring on the ground floor of the Ritz Bar in chimpanzee costumes, like black immigrants being beaten for money, Ali listened to racist customers while collecting empty bottles of liquor. Bar Tan (Tobias Moretti), a former boxer, sees Ali, who starts punching bags with all the rage he has accumulated when no one is around, and from that day on, Ali, as the former European youth champion, Begins to appear in front. . One night, he accidentally catches the attention of boxing manager Udo (Alexander Jovanovich) at the bar and accepts Udo’s offer of a ten-round match in hopes of returning to boxing.

One thousand faces of migration

“Those who have relocated pay a fixed cost, face some adaptation problems and aim for a long-term or permanent life, and a very difficult struggle is required to establish a long-term, permanent life,” said Ilhan Tekeli. Bowman, on the other hand, approached the issue of immigration through “multidimensional polarization based on freedom of movement.” In other words, the conditions for starting this journey of immigrants from the source countries to the destination countries, where, how, why and what equipment they come with, indicate a very wide area from the acceptance of immigrants in the destination country. In the integration process, and it expresses a “hierarchical structure that transcends boundaries.” In today’s world, it is important to note that romantic concepts such as nomads and travelers do not cover everyone in this situation, on the contrary, there is a significant difference in the movement of people, such as the “bottom and top parts hierarchy”. In recent years, Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine and the migration of Ukrainian women and children from Africa, Afghanistan and Syria have added to the wave of migration, with each migrant group facing educational, linguistic, cultural, economic and other problems. After this difficult journey, the countries from which they came have different positions. In addition to all of this, immigrants have to struggle for continued existence and survival as the goal of both visible and hidden racism and inequality between classified structures and immigrants.

As a result, issues of law, rules, labor rights, adaptation, and language that immigrants with a new hope make for a better life are often associated with experienced lives, including psychological and physiological trauma, depending on where they come from. , The fear of being caught at any moment, starting from the exploitation of labor in the informal labor market. An endless struggle between exciting life, open or closed confrontation with others and racism extending from the public sphere to all institutional structures, such as personal expectations, dreams. Life left behind and today, where there is no stopping, constant struggle and hard life that demands strength. Yesterday was and will be discussed in every branch of art.

In the focus of the Gypsy Queen movie, there is the story of a woman who immigrated to Hamburg from Romania with her two children as a European citizen who became a member of the European Union in 2007. As a citizen of a European Union country, Ali did not enter the country illegally. However, as a Roma woman, she has no qualified job, no education, no diploma. Thus, as a single woman with two children without a skilled job, St. Working informally in a secluded bar in St. Pauli, building an illegal labor market or asbestos, often without pay. Ali is far from the support and environment that can demonstrate this skill in Hamburg, where he won a medal in boxing under his father’s coaching. Because of this, a ten-round match against a female athlete preparing for the World Championships seems to be the only chance to reach her past dreams. Towards the end of the film, Hussein Tabak portrays Ali as a masculine, emotionless, glorious, strong, immortal white female boxer, whom he portrays in the boxing ring as “Pocahontas”, metaphorically, an immigrant woman constantly. Facing the laws of the country he came from, the polarity of society and the new situation. She did this by fighting two unequal female boxers in the ring in a boxing match. In this struggle, the director with his camera movement, angle, shooting scale and editing not only invites the audience to emotionally stand by Ali’s side, but also manages to draw attention to the long-term and difficult transition with him as an intellectual. Context

Will Ali be able to build his dream life by winning this match at the end of the movie? We find the answer to this question when Ali Ring is alone in the bloodshed and his story ends with a still image, and the signature of his daughter Esmeralda in the picture indicates that his children grew up in a foster family and Esmeralda took a biography. Journey in her footsteps by drawing her mother’s life. Through the touching performance of Alin Serban, director Hussein Tabak captures a cinematic language similar to a movie story that can be heard, seen, touched and felt, and he manages to bring the struggle of a Roman immigrant woman to the audience easily. Form

Resources Used:

Germany’s Bitter Watan is a 1979 film directed by Sheriff Goren in West Berlin.

Pocahontas is a Native American woman who lived between 1596 and 1617.

Sigmund Bowman, Globalization, [Çeviri: Abdullah Yılmaz] (Istanbul: Details, 2006).

Ilhan Tekeli, Migration and Beyond. (Istanbul: History Foundation Yurt Publishing, 2008).

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