But by March 2016, Germany had tightened its borders, stranding the siblings and more than 3000 other Yezidis in Greece.
Four years after the attack, Shingali and his family have escaped grave bodily harm.
Inspiration to this film was the true case of Japanese Issei Sagawa who, while studying in Paris, in the early 1980s, killed a fellow Dutch student and ate of her flesh.
But viewers who expect sort of a cannibal movie are in the wrong picture.
Wewelsburg Castle, once a pseudo-religious sanctum for Hitler's SS, has been shrouded in mystery since 1945.
Its echoing crypt and mysterious occult symbols have spawned fantasies of pagan, torch-lit ceremonies held by the murderous brotherhood.
Director Aldo Lado (who made three excellent films in the 1970s with "La corta notte delle bambole di vetro", "Chi l'ha visto morire" and "L'ultimo treno della notte") puts the love story between young Japanese Yuro who, in Berlin, falls in love with a young local dancer and vice versa.
The 22-year-old college student, his parents, and his five younger sisters fled on foot to an arid mountain near the Syrian border, along with about 50,000 other Yezidis, members of a religious minority. The group also abducted some 6800 women and children, many of whom they tortured, raped, and forced to convert to Islam.Although the film mostly looks like a typical erotic drama of the late 1980s, the unusual plot and quite philosophical dialogue keep it interesting for the viewer.There is also one nasty nightmare sequence (which, at least, could satisfy fans of cannibal movies) to deliver some shock value.To the arresting officers in Paris, he justified his acts as a proof of profound passion.In the late 80's many books and films find inspiration by the sinister love story.