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We Are Young. We Are Strong


Burhan Qurbani / Germany / 2014 / 128 mins / German and Vietnamese with English subtitles / Narrative

‘The film is formidably well-executed…Weaves together a stunning tapestry composed of atmospheric long-takes with some of the best Steadicam work this side of Stanley Kubrick.’ – Birth. Movies. Death. 


Rostock, 1992. The Berlin Wall has fallen, yet a freshly unified Germany now faces a new dilemma. We Are Young. We Are Strong follows three interconnected stories in the lead up to the Xenophobic Rostock-Lichtenhagen riots, or ‘The Night of Fire’. Stefan, a young circumstantial nationalist adds to the evening’s vitriol and violence. His father Martin, an ambitious local politician grapples with his ideals and responsibilities. And Lien, a Vietnamese migrant has to question staying in her new home with the constant threat of danger and discrimination. Director Burhan Qurbani has chosen a perfect moment in time to demonstrate the ongoing sentiment of intolerance in this visually arresting and expertly performed drama.

Company and Print Source: Beta Cinema GmbH


This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)


Tribeca 2015
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
Göteborg Film Festival 2015
Festa Del Cinema Di Roma 2014

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