They come from four continents and have one thing in common: They fled to a foreign nation to escape war, misery or persecution.
Judith Kerr, Aeham Ahmad, Saša Stanišić, Nneka Egbuna and Antonio Skármeta come from four different continents and have one thing in common: They all fled war, hardship or persecution and started over in a new and unfamiliar place. Culture became their key to integration. Books, film and music helped pave the way.
"Isn’t it wonderful to be a refugee?" ten-year-old Judith Kerr shouted across the rooftops of Paris in 1934. She and her family had fled Nazi Germany one year earlier. Escape was a great adventure for her and her parents didn’t let her sense their own fear. Today, the world-famous 94-year-old writer ("When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit") lives in London and says: "For me, England was my home at the end of the war. But it wasn’t for my parents. They never belonged anywhere." It’s a story typical of many refugee families.
The stories of the other protagonists show how integration can succeed and how it can fail. Syrian pianist Aeham Ahmad, German-Bosnian writer Saša Stanišić, Nigerian-German musician Nneka Egbuna and Chilean author and director Antonio Skármeta all came to Germany, which has been a refuge for many persecuted artists and artists since the end of the Second World War. The documentary lets them tell their stories - and shows how immigrants have enriched art, culture and society in Germany.
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