Film Review: Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.

Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark (We are young. We are strong.)
Burhan Qurbani
Release Date: January 22nd, 2015
Run Time: 123 Minutes
Language: German, Vietnamese

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Riots. Poverty. Shiftless youth. Anti-immigrant hysteria. Impotent authorities. Descent into violence. Rostock-Lichtenhagen, Germany, 1992. This is the world Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark occupies for 123 minutes of continuously-ramped up tension. Director Burhan Qurbani presents an increasingly tense black and white world that eventually explodes into full color and uncontrollable rage.

I figured I’d open my blog with something different than most public history blogs and explore a historical film in my first post. One of the interesting aspects of my exchange at the Free University of Berlin has been how German public history students are much more likely (than their American counterparts) to mention things like journalism, film, theater, and even literature as ways of practicing public history. This is a theme I’d like to continue exploring on this site. Continue reading