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Where Hands Touch (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 September 2018 (USA)
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A rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

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Amma Asante

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Amma Asante
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Credited cast:
George MacKay ... Lutz
Abbie Cornish ... Kerstin
Amandla Stenberg ... Leyna
Christopher Eccleston ... Heinz
Alec Newman ... Juttner
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Wihelm Warner
Will Attenborough ... Gunter
Olivia Vinall ... Hermine
Tomiwa Edun ... American Soldier
Ciarán Owens ... SS Officer
Lucy Russell ... Teacher
Simon Harrison ... SS Guard
Daniel Weyman
Hermione Gulliford ... SS Osterhagen
Michael McKell Michael McKell ... Gestapo commander
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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'. Written by https://teaser-trailer.com

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Bound by Love. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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

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According to Asante in a November 2016 interview on Kermode & Mayo's Film review, the movie was first intended to be shot in 2009 and had been launched at that year's Cannes. The project however collapsed. See more »

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Leyna: As I reached sixteen, I realized Hitler had a plan for us.
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A story that was screaming to be told
22 January 2019 | by skpn123See all my reviews

Agreed there are a plethora of riveting stories crying to be told about this period that should always be part of our memories and awareness as a generation of Holocaust and camp surivors leaves us. This is the first time I've seen anything address the struggles and experiences of bi-racial children in Germany at this time.

Theirs was a struggle to belong and reconcile their German identity with the atrocties in their personal and social world.

Stories like these are few and far between and when one see the ridiculous scores some have given this film it is no wonder. I agree with other reviewers that 'Sadly, I suspect this very departure from "the norm" is why this film is being unfairly downvoted'.

In a nutshell, there were many groups targeted under Nazi rule...we simply don't hear about them, short of some peripheral mention. And their attitudes and struggle for identity is worthy of understanding. I also commend Amana Asante for daring to tell this story, because within the black community (and others I'm sure) the backlash to this film has been fierce, which is precisely why we need more films like these that shatter the status quo. We are applauding you Amana and all of the wonderful team who worked on and acted in this quality film.


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14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$67,743, 16 September 2018

Gross USA:

$67,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,269
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