Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974): Fassbinder’s Powerful Tale of Interracial Romance

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (West German: Angst essen Seele auf)

Written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul was shot in several weeks only (Fassbinder was known for shooting quickly his films, though you could not tell that by the their accomplished style).

Starring Brigitte Mira and El Hedi ben Salem, the film won the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1974 Cannes Film Fest.

The powerful tale centers on the romance between Emmi, an elderly German woman and Ali, a Moroccan migrant worker in post-World War II Germany.