Jesper is a soldier in the German army. Although his brother was killed whilst serving in Afghanistan, he nevertheless reports for a new tour of duty in this war zone. He and his unit are to protect a remote village from the Taliban. One of the people accompanying Jesper is a young interpreter, Tarik, whose job includes mediating between soldiers and villagers.

Both sides have a hard time trying to overcome the differences in their respective ways of life. Jesper must gain the trust of both villagers and the allied Arbaki militia and his nerves are soon on edge. He finds himself increasingly morally conflicted as a result of his superiors’ orders. His association with the Germans means Tarik’s life is constantly under threat, but when Tarik begins to fear for his sister’s safety, Jesper has to make a decision.
Feo Aladag uses this portrait of an ISAF soldier in Afghanistan to explore questions of affinity and otherness, trust and failure. How humane can your actions be if you are bound by the workings of a strict military bureaucracy? What remains of the ideals of human dignity when you are caught up in a daily struggle for survival?


Jesper: Ronald Zehrfeld

Oberst Haar: Burghart Klaußner

Oli: Felix Kramer

Petze: Pit Bukowski

Tekl: Tobias Schönenberg

Sepp: Roman-Timothy Rien

Tarik: Mohamad Mohsen

Tarik’s sister: Nala Saida Barmaki

Haroon: Abdul Salam Yosofzai

Zia Khan: Abdul Sabor Rasooly

Malik: Habib Sher Aqa

Fela: Ali Reza



Screenplay, director and producer: Feo Aladag

Director of photography and screenplay: Judith Kaufmann

Consultant and screenplay: Matthias Kock

Set design: Silke Buhr

Costume design: Gabriela Reumer

Make-up artist: Paula Leupold

Supervisor sound: Max Thomas Meindl

Editor: Andrea Mertens

Music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Karim Sebastian Elias

Sounddesign: Guido Zettier

Composition: Stefan Korte

Line producer: Karsten Aurich

Produced by Independent Artists Filmproduktion

Co-production: Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion

(Hans W. Geißendörfer)

ZDF (Daniel Blum)

Arte (Prof. Dr. Andreas Schreitmüller)

ZDF / Arte (Olaf Grunert)

The gff co-production “Zwischen Welten” („Inbetween Worlds”) directed by Feo Aladag
(“Die Fremde”) was celebrating its world premiere as part of the Berlin Film Festival’s 2014 official competition.