What Have We Done to Deserve This?

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What Have We Done to Deserve This? (Womit haben wir das verdient?)

Directed by Eva Spreitzhofer

  • Austria 2018; 92 min
  • Original version: German, Turkish
  • Genre: Drama


Wanda, 49-year-old atheist feminist from Vienna, faces her worst nightmare when her teenage daughter Nina announces that she has converted to Islam, is going to wear a headscarf and from now on should be called Fatima. Mother’s world is turned upside down. To top it all off, Wanda’s ex-husband becomes a father again, which only makes her wishing for the good old times to come back when her only problems were her daughter ditching school and smoking pot. Surprisingly, she finds a supporter. It’s Hanife – a mother of Nina’s friend Maryam – who together with her parents immigrated to Austria 35 years ago in order to be saved from the outdated image of women having to cover their hair. Together they embark on a comic search for explanations, a sense of belonging and identity.




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