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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.



“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




Original Title Haus ohne Dach
Genre Feature/Drama
Length 117 min.
Format HD, 16:9 Cinemascope, Color
Languages Kurdish, German
Locations Duhok/Iraqi Kurdistan & Stuttgart/Germany
Production Country Germany
Release 2016
Co-Producers mîtosfilm, Essence Film
Co-Producers Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, SWR, ARTE
Funding MFG Film Funding, Doha Film Institute
German Distributor missingFILMs
World Sales missingFILMs

Writer & Director Soleen Yusef
Producer Jana Raschke
Executive Producer Mehmet Aktas, Igor Dovgal
Commissioning Editors Stefanie Gross (SWR), Georg Steinert (ARTE)
Director of Photography Stephan Burchardt
Film Editor Hannes Bruun
Film Music Paradox Paradise, John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Vogel
Production Design Jalal Saedpanah, Jurek Kuttner
Costume Design Silvana Ciafardini
Makeup Design Hanna Pfeiffer
Sound Mixer Bertin Molz
Sound Design Dominik Leube
1st Assistant Director Nicolas Ehret

2nd Assistant Director Shinwar Kamal
Script/Continuity Serwa Ali Weysi, Tarek Röhlinger
Second Unit Camera Yunus Roy Imer
Assistant Camera Milet Hirori, Johannes Päch
Steadicam/Grip Andreas Kielb
Gaffer Patrizio Guerra
Set Decorator Johanna John, Marilena Büld
Foley Artist Takis Christos Sariannidis
Color Correction Horst Riediger
Compositing Manuel Machon
Motion Design Anja Klein
Technical Director Harald Werner
Online & Conforming Ilja Siebert












  • Filmfest München - June 2016

  • Montreal World Film Festival - September 2016

  • Duhok International Film Festival - September 2016

  • First Steps Award, Berlin - September 2016

  • Filmfest Osnabrück - October 2016

  • Cinedays, Skopje - November 2016

  • Kolkata Internation Film Festival - November 2016

  • Filmschau Baden Württemberg - November 2016

  • Dubai International Film Festival - December 2016

  • Tromsø International Film Festival - January 2017

  • Sofia International Film Festival - March 2017

  • ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin - March 2017

  • Festival Cinémas du Sud, Lyon - April 2017

  • Cines del Sur - Festival de Granada - June 2017

  • Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin - June 2017

  • Shanghai International Film Festival - June 2017

  • Arab Film Festival Korea - June 2017

  • 5 Seen Film Festival - July 2017

  • Freistadt Film Festival - August 2017

  • Mizna Twin Cities Festival - September 2017

  • Mostra den Cinema Valencia - October 2017

  • Slemani International Film Festival - October 2017

  • Bratislava International Film Festival - November 2017

Cinema & Broadcast

  • Cinema Release Date in Germany: 31.08.2017