Abbas sees himself as the new family patriarch and enjoys the life that the illegal businesses of the clan make possible for him. Respect and honor of the family mean everything to him – and he is not scared to defend it by all means. But Toni disapproves of his impulsive decisions. Abbas mistrust of Vince is further driving a wedge between the brothers.
Veysel Gelin started rapping as a teenager and released his first mixtape 43 Therapy in 2013. The following year his debut album Audiovisual ranked #17 in the German album charts. 4 Blocks is the first role in a television production for the Essen native.
Kida Khodr Ramadan
Toni had already handed over the operational aspects of the criminal activities to his brother Abbas. He and his wife Kalila dream about German passports and a future as apartment building owners. But when a raid leads to the bust of an important cocaine delivery as well as the incarceration of his brother-in-law Latif, Toni owes it to the family to once again take charge of the clan’s businesses.
Kida Khodr Ramadan was discovered by director Neco Çelik at a summer camp in Germany and made his debut in Çelik’s television movie Alltag (2003). Ramadan co-starred with Frederick Lau for the first time in the comedy Ummah: Unter Freunden (2012), a performance that led to nominations for a ‘Lola’ and a Deutscher Schauspielerpreis. Most recently he appeared in Nur Gott kann mich richten (2017).
Amara is shocked when her husband Latif is being arrested right in front of her in their shared apartment. She suddenly realizes, how intertwined her life is with the criminal schemes of her family. While Latif is in prison, Toni and especially Abbas keep a close eye on their sister Amara and her son Adam.
Almila Bagriacik made her debut in the award-winning drama When We Leave (2010). After central parts in television series like Der Lehrer (2012) and Der Kriminalist (2014) she returned to the big screen in Hördur – Zwischen den Welten (2015), which got her a ‘Best Actress’ nomination by the German Film Critics Association. Furthermore she was nominated for the Bunte New Faces Award 2016 for her part in NSU: German History X – The Victims (2016). In 2017 she will star in two television movies (Inspector Pascha series) among others.
To keep her family safe, Amara is urging her husband Toni to leave his criminal life behind. After the arrest of Latif she is disappointed that Toni is increasingly involved in the schemes of the family. With their future and daughter Serin in mind, she is doing everything she can to support and protect Toni.
Maryam Zaree was born in Teheran, Iran, but grew up in Frankfurt/Main and studied drama at Filmuniversität Potsdam-Babelsberg. She became an art house darling after her lead role in Shahada (2010), for which she won several awards. Zaree has since starred in various European co-productions, including the Belgian drama Le Chant des hommes (2015). Furthermore she is a stage actress at theaters like Berlin based Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and the Gorki Theater and also works as an author. Her first documentary film Born in Evin is currently in production.
Abbas‘ wife, Ewa, is Polish. As the only non-Arabic member of the Hamady clan, the former dancer feels like she is an outsider and she is not being respected. She keeps explaining to Abbas, that disrespecting her means disrespecting him and she urges him to strengthen his position with Toni and take control of the family.
Karolina Lodyga started her career as a central character in the telenovela Anna, which she played between 2008 and 2010. Afterwards she took numerous important parts in TV series and movies, including In The Face of Crime (2010) and Heimat ist kein Ort (2014). 2016 she appeared in the Tatort movie Das Recht, sich zu sorgen and Komissarin Heller: Hitzschlag as well as Ehepause.
Latif and Abbas organize the Hamady’s drug trade and use his garage to transport and distribute the cocaine. Latif loves his wife Amara and their son more than anything, but the young family could be destroyed by his imprisonment.
Massiv, whose real name is Wasiem Taha, moved with his family to Berlin as a teenager, to join the local Hip Hop scene. In 2006 he put out the debut album Blut gegen Blut. Since then he released several albums as well as his autobiography Massiv: So lange mein Herz schlägt (2012; Massiv: As Long As My Heart Is Beating), which he wrote together with author Mariam Noori. 4 Blocks is his acting debut.
Just like Toni and Vince, Kemal also used to be a member of the “Southeast Warriors”. He now is one of the closest confidants of Toni and Abbas and is in charge of some of the smaller businesses of the clan, like racketeering and the family’s slot machines.
Sami Nasser had his film debut in the 2013 movie “Ummah - Unter Freunden“ alongside Kida Ramadan and Frederick Lau. At the same time, the short film “God is the Greatest“ was being celebrated at international festivals. This was followed by “Drei Türken und ein Baby“ (2013) as well as “After Spring comes Fall“ (2015), that was awarded with the new Berlin Film Award. In 2017, Nasser can be seen in the movie “Nur Gott kann mich richten” as well as “Straßenkaiser“, which was nominated for the Max-Ophüls-Prize.
Achmed’s nickname is potato and he belongs to the inner circles of the clan. As one of the enforcers of the clan, he is responsible for the dirty work, but also takes on more delicate tasks like the cutting and packaging of the cocaine.
Erkan Sulcani made a name for himself as Cash Money Erkan in the German Wrestling Federation due to his technically strong fighting skills and as part of the tag-team „Cash Money Mafia“. He had his acting debut in the five-part web series “Helden der Hauptstadt” in 2015.
Zeki and his best friend Issam are runners for the Hamadys. They distribute the clan’s drugs to small dealers in Neukölln and collect the money. Zeki dreams of being in a high position within the clan. He obeys everything Toni and Abbas say. The most important thing for him is earning their respect. For that he is willing to sacrifice everything – even his own family.
Rauand Taleb had his television debut in „Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter“ (2013). This act was followed by several roles in short films and TV productions like „Tatort - Schutzlos“ (2014) as well as theater plays like „Geächtet“ (2016). His role in the short film „Jeder Kanake gegen jeden Kanaken“ (2012), that he also directed, earned him praise at the Bavarian Youth Film Festival as well as the Franconia TV Short Film prize.
Issam is working with Zeki as a runner for the Hamadys, but he is more reserved and thoughtful than his friend. He starts questioning certain things, but loyalty to his friends is important to him, which is why Zeki regularly succeeds in talking him into things that might get him in some trouble.
Emilio Sakraya has been acting since he was nine years old. He had his movie debut portraying the young rapper Bushido in the movie “Zeiten ändern dich“ (2010). This role was followed by parts in different movies like two „Bibi & Tina“ films (2014, 2016) and TV productions like “Mitten in Deutschland: NSU – Die Opfer“ (2016).
Rainer „Ruffi“ Ruff is the president of the Cthuhlu, a biker gang full of outsiders and outcasts, that is being financed through drug trafficking and prostitution. When the Hamadys face delivery difficulties, Ruffi immediately jumps to the possibility of taking over their territories in Neukölln, at the Hasenheide and the Görlitzer Park.
Ronald Zehrfeld was already playing at the German theater in Berlin during his studies at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch. His first big screen appearance was in Dominik Graf’s “Der Rote Kakadu“ (2006). His role in the series “In the Face of Crime“ (2010) earned him and the cast a Grimme-Prize as well as the German Television Award. Zehrfeld received another German Television Award in 2016 as best supporting actor in “Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer“ (2015).
Hagen Kutscha is the lead investigator against the Hamadys but hasn’t yet found enough evidence against them. He hopes to finally have proof of their illegal activity after the successful raid at Latifs garage. The tensions between the clan and the Cthuhlu play right into his hands.
Oliver Masucci studied at the Berlin University of the Arts and was a fixture of the Ensemble at the Viennese Burgtheater. His portrayal of Hitler in “Er ist wieder da“ (2015) earned him a nomination as best actor at the German film prize in 2016. One of his upcoming projects include a main role in the German Netflix show “Dark”.
Nico is a runner with the Cthuhlu and Ruffis right hand man. His explosive character has earned him a violent reputation. Nico is distributing the bikers drug dealers with Marijuana, cocaine and Crystal. He is trying to steal away the Hamadys dealers, which is why he is especially busting heads with Zeki and Issam.
Ludwig Trepte’s first movie was “Kombat Sechzehn“ (2005), followed by parts in films like “Guten Morgen, Herr Grothe" (2008) and “Ihr könnt euch niemals sicher sein“ (2009), that both earned him a Grimme-Award as well as the special prize as best actor at the TV film festival Baden-Baden for the latter. He gained international recognition for his role in the three-part film “Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter“ (2013) as well as the series “Deutschland 83“ (2015).
Vince and Toni were close friends as teenagers and roamed the streets of Neukölln as the “Southeast Warriors”. After losing touch for many years, he returns to Berlin and quickly becomes Tonis confidant again. As a renowned street fighter, he is supposed to help Toni get the businesses of the family back in order, so he can lead a legal life after.
Frederick Lau had his breakthrough at the age of nineteen in The Wave (2008), for which he was awarded the prestigious ‘Lola’, the Deutscher Filmpreis, as ‘Best Supporting Actor’. In 2011 he was awarded a Grimme-Preis for TV comedy Neue Vahr Süd (2010), in 2015 a Deutsche Filmpreis as ‘Best Male Actor’ for the independent hit film Victoria. In 2016 the versatile actor appeared in SMS für dich as well as in the fairy tale adaption Das kalte Herz. In 2017 the road movie Simpel followed. 4 Blocks is his second collaboration with director Marvin Kren after Berlin One (2015).