Cinema Europe: We Are Young. We Are Strong

Rostock-Lichtenhagen, 1993: Three years after the German Reunification, a violent mob besieges a refugee home.

It became known as one of Germany’s most severe xenophobic incidents since the end of World War II. The film “We Are Young. We Are Strong” (2014) by Burhan Qurbani deals with this event by asking questions of identity and belonging in a moving coming-of-age drama. How can cinema serve an East German search for identity? And what lessons can be learned from this film in dealing with today’s challenges in society – especially in the light of a growing right-winged populism worldwide?

We discuss this question in the new episode of the podcast Cinema Europe. Tune in on Thursday, October 28th at 8 pm.