Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.

written on 24/08/2020
by Annett Wania & Michael Lutz

Twenty-eight years ago today,  24th August 1992, in the eastern German city of Rostock, a rampaging mob besieged and set fire to a residential building containing, among others, more than 120 Vietnamese men, women and children  to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders.

On what has since become known as "The Night of the Fire", the riots became a symbol of  xenophobia in the  recently reunified Germany.

Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark. (We are young. We are strong.) | 2014 | Drama | 123 min | German, Italian, French or Spanish with subtitles in English, Italian, German, French or Greek

This film recounts the incident from the perspectives of three very different characters: Lien, a Vietnamese woman who feltsettled in Germany, but by the end of the day, will be fighting for her life, wondering whetherthe place she calls home can ever be one for her. Stefan and his friends are part of the night's violent turmoil.

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