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  • Kuebra is an infestation. As the only female intensive delinquent in Berlin, the most serious category of juvenile offenders within the local youth prison regime, she has been plagued and hated since the age of 14. But in reality she just longs to be an ordinary girl, a girl that someone will care of, and hold her in their arms. She will take us on a journey into her past, to a place where she has grown up and knows like no other: the woman's prison in Berlin where she served for almost four and a half years. When Kuebra was detained for the first time she met a young woman from Ethiopia, Salema, whose life story, over the course of this film is closely linked with that of Kuebra's. In their time together in prison the two experience an unusual prison director, Matthias Bluemel. Kuebra's relationship with the prison director goes beyond the prison walls; an extraordinary relationship between two people who come from opposing sides of our society. With Bluemel's unconventional views on prison methods, and Kuebra and Salema's unusual intelligence, outrageous views on life and sweeping humor - this film takes us on a touching yet deeply disturbing journey.

    - Written by Diana Näcke
  • A documentary that get close to the deep human meaning of incarceration. The film manages to approach with subtlety about every aspects of what imprisonment, surveillance, isolation and addiction do to human beings.

    - Written by Diana Näcke

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