Cheated

Deutsch, Nederlands, Norwegian Bokmål

18-year-old Musa receives a letter from the German Aliens Authority one day, informing him that he is not actually Lebanese, but Turkish, and is required to leave the country. Cheated concentrates on the existential devastation of a young person for whom, from one day to the next, nothing remains what it appears to be. In the transit rooms of deportation prisons, airports and emergency accommodation, it tells the story of someone who is suddenly no longer allowed to be what he was, and who does not want to be what he (supposedly) is.

Jörg Menke-Peitzmeyer was born in Anröchte, Westphalia, in 1966. He studied drama at the Folkwang University in Essen, then completed a second degree in dramatic writing at the German Literary Institute in Leipzig, for which his graduation piece was his monologue Der Manndecker. The play was then developed into a film script, followed by commissions for the Theater der Altmark Stendal, the Theater Freiberg, the GRIPS-Theater Berlin and the Schlosstheater Moers. Menke-Peitzmeyer has been living in Berlin as a freelance writer and actor since 2006.