If you haven’t seen the German Refugee Comedy film “Welcome to Germany” from 2016 yet, I highly recommend watching it asap. Welcome to Germany (Original German film title “Willkommen bei den Hartmanns”) was with good reasons a German box office sensation. There are so many important messages in this film. It stars Senta Berger as retired headteacher Angelika and Belgian actor Eric Kabongo as Diallo, the Nigerian she meets in a refugee shelter. Angelika’s decision to offer him a home triggers a series of life-changing events in her family.
This film makes an explicit reference to German chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to welcome a large number of refugees into Germany and Europe. Angelika’s husband played by Heiner Lauterbach is resistant to her plans, at one point he says: “It’s enough for Frau Merkel to invite the entire third world into our country – we’re not going to do the same in our home as well.”
Even though the refugee topic is highly delicate, the producers made an excellent job along with famous and talented German actors such as Heiner Lauterbach, Elyas M’Barek, Florian David Fitz, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Eric Kabongo, Senta Berger, and Palina Rojinksi. I won’t do any spoilers, but trust me this movie is a funny, inspiring, eye-opening, and educational film regardless of age, life story, and opinion about refugees in general.