Kaddish for a Friend

Leo Khasin


2012 | 94 min | Germany

Alexander is an 84 year-old Russian Jewish war veteran who is desperate to remain living independently in his Berlin flat. Palestinian teenager Ali’s family arrive from a refugee camp in Lebanon and, to gain acceptance from his new peers, Ali agrees to break-in to his next-door neighbour’s flat. When Alexander comes back to his ransacked home, he recognises Ali and, to avoid being deported, Ali’s family send him back to repair the damage. As they work side by side, the relationship between the feisty pair flits between mutual dislike, understanding and finally friendship, when they realise that the fragile existence of each depends in a large part on the other. Inspired by a true story, Moscow-born, German director Leo Khasin’s debut is a stirring, coming-of-age story that shows just how hard unlearning prejudice can be.



Baden-Baden TV Film Festival 2013:

Winner of MFG Star (Leo Khasin)


German Film Awards 2013:

Winner of Film Award in Gold: Outstanding Children or Youth Film


Golden Rooster Awards 2012:

Winner of Best International Actor (Ryszard Ronczewski)


Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2012:

Nominated for Best European Debut Film


Nuremberg Film Festival “Turkey-Germany” 2012:

Winner of Audience Award (Leo Khasin)

Winner of Best Film