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Kreuzberg has emerged from its history as one of the poorest quarters in Berlin in the late 1970s, during which it was an isolated section of West Berlin, surrounded from three sides with wall to one of Berlin's cultural centers in the middle of the now reunified city.
Kreuzberg is known for its very large percentage of immigrants and second-generation immigrants, many of whom are of Turkish ancestry.Nowdays Keruzberg is center of counterculture and various artists from all over the world. Turkish-German filmmaker Neco Celik, who portrays the American influence over the youth culture in Kreuzberg in his first film, Alltag, notes that Kreuzberg is a kind of biotope where different nationalities live, but the environment determines their lives, not their nationalities.
CAPTION - Old Turkish woman in park in Kreuzberg.