Relatives of the victims criticize the project


Director Uwe Boll wants to make a film about the attack in Hanau on February 19, 2020. The relatives of the victims of the racially motivated act express criticism of this project.

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The criticism of victims’ families of the film project by director Uwe Boll about the attack, in which a 43-year-old German killed nine young people in Hanau over a year ago, does not stop. Relatives spoke up in the “Spiegel”. They complained that they were not involved in the project and want to prevent it from being broadcast. They get support from the mayor of Hanau.

Armin Hamza Kurtović, father of the murdered Hamza Kurtović, said: “I will do everything I can to prevent Boll’s fantasy about right-wing perpetrators from being burned into German viewers as the true fate of my son.” Hamza Kurtović was only 22 years old.

“He kills my brother a second time”

Çetin Gültekin, the brother of Gökhan Gültekin, who was murdered at the age of 37, added: “In my eyes, with this denigration he is killing my brother a second time.” The mother of Sedat Gürbüz, who died at the age of 29, said: “He didn’t ask us. He’s not allowed to. He was never here.”

The mayor of Hanau, Claus Kaminsky (SPD), expressed his solidarity with the relatives: “Nobody in Hanau wants this unspeakable film. Not the relatives, not the political bodies, not the city society”, quoted the “Spiegel”. “Together we will pull out all the stops to prevent it from being broadcast.”

Candles, flowers and pictures commemorate the victims of the attack in Hanau on February 19, 2020 (Source: IMAGO / Patrick Scheiber)

On February 19, 2020, 43-year-old Tobias R. had nine people in the Hessian city – Gökhan Gültekin, Sedat Gürbüz, Said Nesar Hashemi, Mercedes Kierpacz, Hamza Kurtović, Vili Viorel Păun, Fatih Saraçoğlu, Ferhat Unvar and Kaloyan Velkov shot for racial motives before presumably killing his mother and eventually himself. The act had caused horror nationwide.

“You will greet him at the end. I’m sure of that”

According to the report, the film has already been shot and is in post-production. Uwe Boll describes the night of the crime from the perspective of the perpetrator. “The relatives and I, we are both working on clarification and troubleshooting,” the “Spiegel” quoted him as saying. He would have carried out the project if the victims’ families had had the opportunity to veto. “The relatives who want to see this film will greet it at the end, however painful it is. I’m sure of that.”

In mid-March, the city of Hanau and the victims’ families demanded in an open letter that the preparations be stopped and that the shooting for the realization of this film be abandoned.

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Relatives victims criticize project


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