The three siblings have to fulfil their mother`s last will to bury her in her Kurdish home village beside her husband, who had died in the war.

                  ORIGINAL TITLE     Haus ohne Dach

                                 GENRE     Feature/Drama

                               LENGTH     117 min.

                              FORMAT     HD, 16:9 Cinemascope, Color

                       LANGUAGES     Kurdish, German

                        LOCATIONS     Duhok/Iraqi Kurdistan



                             RELEASE     2016

                CO-PRODUCERS     mîtosfilm, Essence Film

                CO-PRODUCERS     Filmakademie BaWü, SWR, ARTE

    IN COOPERATION WITH     FX Factory Postproduction

                            FUNDING     MFG Film Funding, Doha Film Institute


                    WORLD SALES     missingFILMs



HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF is about the journey of the siblings LIYA, JAN and ALAN who were born in the Kurdish area of Iraq and grew up in Germany. The three of them want to fulfil their mother`s last wish to bury her in her home village beside her husband who got killed in the war under the Saddam Hussein regime. On their nerve-wracking Kurdish-odyssey they are not only faced with their Kurdish extended family that  does not accept the last wish of their mother but particularly with their own matters. In recent years they distanced from each other – everybody runs his own life – and whenever they are holding talks, they are mostly based on reproaches. In parallel with the run of their journey it is noticeably that in their home country the dimension of an awful conflict, that nobody can surmise, is heading for disaster.

Directors Note

The story of HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF has been caused out of the need to reappraise cinematically my own war- and flight experience and the one of my family and friends - to create the audience a personal and individual approach to such a topic. Just today the topic “refugees” is ever-present and inevitable. Something that has always troubled me is the fact that the representation exists nearly exclusively on political statements and journalistic headlines. The human being and his personal, individual fate are not at all or hardly elucidated. War is not a catch-line, it does not only cost a lot of money, but most of all many lives, and leaves an imprint on thousands upon thousands of biographies.


Soleen Yusef


Sasun Sayan (JAN)

Mina Özlem Sağdıç (LIYA)

Murat Seven (ALAN)





Filmfest München

Montreal World Film Festival

Duhok International Film Festival

First Steps Award, Berlin

Filmfest Osnabrück

Cinedays, Skopje

Kolkata International Film Festival

Filmschau Baden-Württemberg

Dubai International Film Festival

Tromsø International Film Festival

Sofia International Film Festival

ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin

Festival Cinémas du Sud, Lyon

Cines del Sur - Festival de Granada

Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin

Shanghai International Film Festival

Arab Film Festival Korea

5 Seen Film Festival

Freistadt Film Festival

Mizna Twin Cities Festival

Mostra de Cinema Valencia

Slemani International Film Festival

Bratislava International Film Festival




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The three siblings have to fulfil their mother`s last will to bury her in her Kurdish home village beside her husband, who had died in the war.



Cinema Release Date in Germany    31.08.2017



Filmfest München     June '16

Montreal World Film Festival     Sep '16

Duhok International Film Festival     Sep '16

First Steps Award, Berlin     Sep '16

Filmfest Osnabrück     Oct '16

Cinedays, Skopje     Nov '16

Kolkata International Film Festival   Nov '16

Filmschau Baden-Württemberg   Nov '16

Dubai Intenational Film Festival     Dec '16

Tromsø International Film Festival   Jan '17

Sofia International Film Festival   March '17

ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin   March '17

Festival Cinémas du Sud, Lyon   April '17

Cines del Sur - Festival de Granada   June '17

Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin   June '17

Shanghai International Film Festival   June '17

Arab Film Festival Korea   June '17

5 Seen Film Festival   July '17

Freistadt Film Festival   August '17

Mizna Twin Cities Festival   Sep '17

Mostra de Cinema Valencia   Oct '17

Slemani International Film Festival   Oct '17

Bratislava International Film Festival   Nov '17