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Bei Uns Heisst Sie Hanka

Director / Grit Lemke

What defines our essence? Embarking on a journey to discover her own roots, the director delves into the world of Germany’s indigenous people: the Sorbs, a resilient Slavic community. Over centuries, their language and culture have faced grave threats. Yet, a new generation refuses to yield to this oppression. They champion self-determination, confront the trauma of losing their villages to lignite mining, and reimagine Sorbian identity as an alternative, anti-fascist, and feminist force. In this unique cinematic endeavor, German Anna transforms into Sorbian Hanka. Poetic nature imagery, introspective musings from a first-person narrator, and archaic yet innovative Sorbian music converge to create the very first film dedicated to the Sorbs.

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