In 1992 the former East German city of Rostock is still coming to terms with the aftermath of the recent fall of the Berlin Wall. Youth unemployment is high, and migrant workers are housed in Soviet-era high-rises on the outskirts of the city. The Roma and a sizeable Vietnamese minority have become targets of the locals’ discontent, which escalates into hostility and violence during the course of one day. Events unfold through the eyes of Stefan, a youth intrigued by the local neo-Nazi movement; his father, Martin, an aging Social Democrat politician; and Lien, a Vietnamese factory worker. As generational, ideological, and racial tensions build, the camera swoops through the city bringing characters together and forcing them to see each other and their surroundings in a new light.
CAST & CREW
Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis
Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani
Director of Photography
Matthias Sayer, Timm Stroeble
Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Devid Striesow, Saskia Rosendahl, Joel Basman
UFA Fiction Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (ZDF) Arte Cine Plus UFA Cinema
Burhan Qurbani studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. As part of the omnibus-project 20x Brandenburg, Burhan made the short documentary Warriors without Enemies, which won the Grimme Award in 2011. His credits also include Shahada.
Illusion (2007, short), Women Interrupted (2009), Shahada (2010), 20x Brandenburg (segment Warriors without Enemies, 2010), We Are Young. We Are Strong (2014).