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Re-imagining ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in a globalized world.

A young woman living in Berlin falls in love with a Syrian immigrant despite the misgivings of her family and friends.

Jasmine runs the Café Kotti in central Kreuzberg in the heart of Berlin with her East German father Werner and her Turkish step-mother Lila.  The café has always been an open door for immigrants and political activists who are dead set against the gentrification they see in the neighborhood.  For a long time, Kreuzberg was considered an undesirable place, but 25 years after the fall of the wall, the boutiques and fancy restaurants are on the doorstep and slowly the neighborhood is changing.

For some people, the arrival of the latest wave of Syrian immigrants is also an unappealing prospect.  They associate these immigrants with crime and drug dealing, so the loyalties are drawn on two sides:  what kind of Kreuzberg is more desirable?

When an American Real Estate developer purchases a number of buildings in the neighborhood including the building that houses the Café, Werner and Lila start to worry about the future of their business.

To make matters more complicated, Jasmine breaks up with her German boyfriend to take up with a handsome young Syrian refugee, heightening the division between friends, family and neighbors.

Kreuzberg  explores the immigrant experience, gentrification, and the way love can bind us and pull us apart.