Elaha is a young Kurdish-German woman torn between the unconditional love for her family and her own aspirations in life. Although she cares most about having a good time with her girlfriends and taking care of her younger brother, she has to fight patriarchy while being the perfect daughter. Ultimately, she has to make a decision: to tell the truth or live a life in grand delusion. A psychological journey about emancipation that reveals that only by facing reality, we can be true to ourselves.

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Elaha (2023) - Der Greteltrick (2018, short) - Was bleibt (2017, short) - Sonne scheint über August (2017, short) - Die Vertreibung der Elefanten (2016, short)
2023: CROSSING EUROPE Award - YAAAS! Youth Jury
Crossing Europe VOD · YAAAS! Competition 2023
Milena Aboyan
Germany 2023
110 minutes
German / Kurdish
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Milena Aboyan, Constantin Hatz
Cinematography Christopher Behrmann
Editing Elias Ben Engelhardt
Sound/Sounddesign Perschya Chehrazi
Music Kilian Oser
With Bayan Layla, Armin Wahedi, Derya Dilber, Derya Durmaz
Producer(s) Matthias Greving, Igor Dovgal
Kinescope Film, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Essence Film, SWR/Arte
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Berlinale 2023
Crossing Europe VOD Streaming Service
01.05. - 31.05.2023, online
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