Family Commitments


Young & Independent
Philadelphia Premiere
Sunday, November 12
 7:00 PM
The Gershman Y

Director: Hanno Olderdissen
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Germany
Year: 2015
Running Time: 90 min
Language: German and Arabic w/ English subtitles

Sponsored by: Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden

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In this delightful German screwball comedy, absurd and improbable situations take center stage as two star-crossed lovers of different faiths decide to finally tie the knot.

David and Khaled are ready to get serious. It never mattered to either of them that David (Maximilian von Pufendorf) comes from a Jewish family, and Khaled (Omar El-Saeidi) an Arab one. When David proposes, Khaled can no longer hide who he is from his homophobic father. Although David has come out to family and friends, like Khaled, he has built a house of cards based on lies. Unable to admit that his art gallery would be an unqualified failure if it were not for his overbearing, manipulative mother footing the bill to keep its doors open, David is in no position to criticize Khaled for fear of confronting his family. Ironically, both David and Khaled’s parents want the same thing for their sons – they wish they’d settle down with a nice girl and start having children. Their wish is curiously granted by way of Sarah (Franziska Brandmeier), a young woman from David’s past who shows up nine months pregnant with his child. Will Sarah’s news be the push this couple needs to come clean with their families? Or is the idea of becoming a parent so troubling it will cause the couple’s house of cards to come tumbling down?

With its quirky soundtrack, eye-catching set design, and genuine insights into the highs and lows of interfaith romance, FAMILY COMMITMENTS is an endearing and outrageously fun take on family and love in a modern, multi-cultural city.

Special Guests: Intro by Gary Kramer, author and Philadelphia film critic.

Trailer (*contains some strong sexual content and is NSFW):

Official Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Australia Jewish International Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, UK Jewish Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival

Awards: Audience Award at MiFo LGBT Fort Lauderdale

Community Partners:

Arcadia University Media and Communication Department

Arcadia University Modern Languages & Cultures Program


La Salle University Communication Department

Rowan University Department of Philosophy & Religion Studies and the Jewish Studies Program


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