Thursday Cinema "At Home"
This Ain't California


November 5 – November 8, 2020

Thisaintcalifornia 2012 2 <i>This Ain’t California</i> [Burası Kaliforniya Değil] (2012) filminden bir kare ©Neue Heimat Film<br />
Still from This Ain’t California (2012) ©Neue Heimat Film

You can watch online from November 5, 19.00 at

This Ain’t California, 2012
Director: Marten Persiel
100 minutes
German; Turkish and English subtitles

A recreation of a vibrant skateboard scene flourished in the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s, This Ain’t California (2012) follows three protagonists from childhood through rebellious teenage years until they reach the age of 20 in 1989. Featuring East Berlin’s brutalist concrete architecture as a playground for skating, the film examines the formation of a subculture, which was considered threatening at the time, by combining black and white animations, a retro soundtrack, and archival footage.

Although it tells a story of an “ideal,” the docu-fiction also portrays the crumbling of the small yet defiant skateboarding community together with the Berlin Wall. Since they are in a new country that offers more freedom of expression, the skateboarders start to feel like there’s no dream or rebellion left to ride for after all.

“At Home” films will be streamed at between September 24 and November 29, and will only be accessible to online audiences in Turkey. Thursday Cinema has been supported by Garanti BBVA Mortgage since 2014.

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.