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WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG.
WIR SIND JUNG. WIR SIND STARK.
2014, 116 min, Germany, Dir: Burhan Qurbani

Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, anti-immigrant attacks targeting a refugee shelter on the outskirts of the former East German city of Rostock culminated in the notorious “Night of Fire.” Following three days of violence, nearly 3,000 rioters, neo-Nazis and bystanders set fire to the shelter, trapping Vietnamese refugees and a group of journalists inside. Qurbani’s controversial film recounts the hours leading up to the evening’s startling events as experienced by three very different characters: Lien, a Vietnamese immigrant; Stefan, an insecure young rioter; and Stefan’s father Martin, an ambitious local politician. Qurbani meticulously re-creates the look and feel of the era, when many East German cities struggled with unemployment and feelings of isolation from the West, exposing the complex issue of xenophobia in a country thought to have been healed by German reunification. In German with English subtitles.


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