We Are Young. We Are Strong
We Are Young. We Are Strong

We Are Young. We Are Strong

Director Burhan Qurbani

Production year 2014

Length 128min.

Country Germany

SYNOPSIS

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

Burhan Qurbani
Burhan Qurbani

Director

Producer

Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis

Script

Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani

Director of Photography

Yoshi Heimrath

Music by

Matthias Sayer, Timm Stroeble

Edit

Julia Karg

Cast

Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Devid Striesow, Saskia Rosendahl, Joel Basman

Production company

UFA Fiction Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (ZDF) Arte Cine Plus UFA Cinema

Burhan Qurbani

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.


Filmography

Illusion (2007, short), Women Interrupted (2009), Shahada (2010), 20x Brandenburg (segment Warriors without Enemies, 2010), We Are Young. We Are Strong (2014).

FILMS 2015