On the outskirts

In the periphery of Mersin, in South Turkey, fancy house estates spring up one after the other. They are mainly built around a garden with a pool and have cutting-edge security systems. Despite the standardisation of these ultra-modern house estates, the stories of the people living there are not so similar. What brings them all together is that they are almost all “Germans”, meaning Turkish people who got rich doing the hardest jobs in Germany and have now returned to their country.
“On the outskirts” tells stories of divided families, of conflicts between generations and of the prison of wealth. Intimate and delicate interviews intertwine with images of these luxurious apartment houses, just like cathedrals in the desert built in the name of a possibly idle ideal of wealth.