"we are young. we are strong" (orig.: "wir sind jung. wir sind stark") is my second feature length movie. it had it's world premiere as the opening film of the "cinema d'oggi" competition at the "rome international film festival 2014". in germany it premiered as the opening film of the "hof international film festival 2014".
festivals (official selection):
rome international film festival 2014 (italy)
hofer filmtage 2014 (germany)
braunschweig international film festival 2014 (germany)
göteborg international film festival 2015 (sweden)
rotterdam international film festival 2015 (netherlands)
kosmorama trondheim international film festival 2015 (norway)
sofia international film festival 2015 (bulgaria)
augagne international film festival 2015 (france)
jameson dublin international film festival 2015 (irland)
prag european filmfestival 2015
tribeca international film festival 2015 (usa)
ankara international film festival 2015 (turkey)
mooov filmfestival 2015 (belgium)
off camera film festival krakov 2015 (poland)
edinburgh international film festival 2015 (scottland/uk)
festivals (special screenings)
berlinale 2015 (germany)
schwerin international filmfestival 2015 (germany)
the film tells the story of the racist riots that took place in the east german city of rostock-lichtenhagen in 1992. 24hours on the last day of the riots, the so called "night of fire", when 3000 people were attacking and burning down a vietnamese refugee shelter.
we follow three characters through the events: lien, a vietnamese refugee, who thinks that she has found a home in germany, but will see her life shattered and burned to the ground at the end of the day. martin, a local politician, who is torn between ambition and morals, but is finally hiding from his responsibility. the third character is martin's son, stefan, who together with his friends is drifting through this day, being young and strong and bored and angry, ending up in front of a burning house...
the fantastic score was composed by: matthias sayer and tim ströbele (SONOMENT)
dop: yoshi heimrath
editing: julia karg
scenography: jill schwarzer
costume: juliane maier
script: martin behnke and burhan qurbani
director: burhan qurbani
produced by Leif Alexis and Jochen Laube (UFA FICTION)
commissioning editor: burkhard althof (ZDF - DAS KLEINE FERNSEHSPIEL and ARTE)
jonas nay, trang le hong, devid striesow, joel basman, saskia rosendahl, thorsten merten, axel pape, david schütter, jakob bieber, gro swantje kohlhof...