As of 2005 a new law in Germany affects all immigrants. People outside the EU who want to stay in in the country have to take 600 hours of language and 45 hours of orientation classes. The goal is to pass a test called 'Zertifikat Deutsch'. This film follows a group men and women who strive to become “certifiably German”.
Mounting waves of immigrants have been the landing in Germany since the early 1950's. But it wasn't until 2005 that a new immigration law went into effect. Among other regulations, this law requires non-European immigrants pass a difficult language test (Zertifikat Deutsch) to get citizenship or an extension of their residency permits. Karin Jurschick's film documents one of these so-called integration courses at an adult education center in Cologne. Here language students from China, Somalia, Afghanistan, Marocco and the Dominican Republic try to learn German.
Watch the whole film here:http://www.realeyz.tv/de/zertifikat-deutsch.html