A rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.


Amma Asante


Amma Asante
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Credited cast:
Abbie Cornish ... Kerstin
George MacKay ... Lutz
Christopher Eccleston ... Heinz
Amandla Stenberg ... Leyna
Lucy Russell ... Teacher
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Wihelm Warner
Alec Newman ... Juttner
Olivia Vinall ... Hermine
Will Attenborough ... Gunter
Tomiwa Edun ... American Soldier
Tim Faraday ... Betz
Simon Harrison ... SS Guard
Daniel Weyman
Hermione Gulliford ... SS Osterhagen
Michael McKell Michael McKell ... Gestapo commander


Germany 1944: 15-year old Leyna (Amandla Stenberg), daughter of a white German mother and a black father, lives in fear due to the color of her skin. When she meets Lutz (George MacKay), the son of a prominent SS officer and a member of the Hitler Youth - mandatory for all Aryan boys since 1936 - the two fall helplessly in love, putting both their lives at risk. An original coming of age story through the eyes of a bi-racial teen as she witnesses the persecution of Jews and those deemed 'non-pure'.

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Bound by Love. See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence/disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Epilogue accompanying photographs from World War II: "Approximately 25,000 Black Germans existed under the Third Reich, including Rhineland children. Some perished in the camp system and others survived to be liberated in 1945. Together with those teens who escaped sterilisation, the survivors defied Hitler's vision of a future Germany without Black Germans." See more »


Leyna: As I reached sixteen, I realized Hitler had a plan for us.
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Touching story with a weak script
3 January 2019 | by tennisboynSee all my reviews

I suggest this movie to anyone not feeling critical, because unfortunately, it's very easy to criticize this movie. An intense story about a biracial girl falling in love with a Nazi official's son is carried, but not successfully, by weak accents and some acting that got me questioning. The writing struggled to stay engaging and falls to useless conversations that have no effect on the plot. The story is interesting and ended with a twist, but I think this movie could be cut down by 30 minutes to the same satisfaction of the viewer. I do recommend you watch this movie, but know there are some visible flaws in the writing.

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Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where Hands Touch See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,743, 16 September 2018

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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