Driving through traffic at home is already stressful enough. Now imagine driving a car in a completely foreign country. Mirela, moving from Germany to India, Jake moving from the USA to Japan and South Korean Hye-Won living in Germany are facing the same problem: they are all forced to obtain a new local driver’s license. Driving lessons soon become lessons in life when our protagonists discover that getting through the day will involve much more than just obeying the rules of the road in their host country. German born, US based documentary filmmaker Andrea Thiele was inspired by her own interest and experiences with driving tests in foreign countries. Together with writer Lia Jaspers, they created a sly documentary comedy about the joys of cultural acceptance and difference, as seen through the eyes of three warm, memorable individuals.

Hye-Wong Chung
Jacob Cates
Mirela Sarnardzija
Christian Krieger
Ryoji Tetsuya
Sharndev G. Tadrnali
Vinay R: Modak


Screenwriter: Lia Jaspers
Director: Andrea Thiele
Camera: Sebastian Bäumler
Editing: Christoph Senn, Ulf Albert
Sound: Martial Kuchelmeister
Producer: Stefan Kloos
Production Manager: Tina Naber, Veronika Janatkova
Music: Michaela Kay, Hauke Kliem
Sound Design: Hartmut Teschemacher
Mixture: Stephan Konken
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin
Co-Production: Bayerischer Rundfunk & ARTE
Commissioning Editors: Sonja Scheider, Natalie Lambsdorf, Jochen Kölsch, Monika Lobkowicz
With the support of: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein
Developed with the support of: MEDIA Programme of the European Union and within the framework of Documentary Campus Masterclass

On our “Must See” list!”


„One of the funniest documentary films in a long time.“


“A likeable film for cosmopolitans and those who want to be. Entertainment of the intelligent kind.”


“A funny documentary debut that tells the audience more about cultural differences and different mindsets than most textbooks.”


“A feelgood-documentary with high entertainment value.” FBW, Prädikat “Wertvoll”


“A fun documentary… incredibly compelling and entertaining.” Film Pulse


“Many will enjoy this slice of life look at three people dealing with obstacles in their live sin foreign countries…” True View Reviews / Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels


“An underdog comedy… absolute hilarious in that dry, droll way. Highly recommended.” Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine


Documentary, Germany 2012 (84 min.)


Screenwriter: Lia Jaspers
Director: Andrea Thiele
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin
Co-Production: Bayerischer Rundfunk & ARTE
Distributor: RealFiction
World Sales: First Hand Films


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Festivals (Selection): DOK Leipzig, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest, SXSW – South by Southwest, Moscow International Film Festival, Margareth Mead Film Festival
Awards: Listopad International Film Festival „Best Cinematography“