We Are Young. We Are Strong
We Are Young. We Are Strong

We Are Young. We Are Strong

Director Burhan Qurbani

Production year 2014

Length 128min.

Country Germany


In 1992 the former East German city of Rostock is still coming to terms with the aftermath of the recent fall of the Berlin Wall. Youth unemployment is high, and migrant workers are housed in Soviet-era high-rises on the outskirts of the city. The Roma and a sizeable Vietnamese minority have become targets of the locals’ discontent, which escalates into hostility and violence during the course of one day. Events unfold through the eyes of Stefan, a youth intrigued by the local neo-Nazi movement; his father, Martin, an aging Social Democrat politician; and Lien, a Vietnamese factory worker. As generational, ideological, and racial tensions build, the camera swoops through the city bringing characters together and forcing them to see each other and their surroundings in a new light.


Burhan Qurbani
Burhan Qurbani



Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis


Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani

Director of Photography

Yoshi Heimrath

Music by

Matthias Sayer, Timm Stroeble


Julia Karg


Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Devid Striesow, Saskia Rosendahl, Joel Basman

Production company(ies)

UFA Fiction Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (ZDF) Arte Cine Plus UFA Cinema

Burhan Qurbani

Burhan Qurbani studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. As part of the omnibus-project 20x Brandenburg, Burhan made the short documentary Warriors without Enemies, which won the Grimme Award in 2011. His credits also include Shahada.


Illusion (2007, short), Women Interrupted (2009), Shahada (2010), 20x Brandenburg (segment Warriors without Enemies, 2010), We Are Young. We Are Strong (2014).

FILMS 2015