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(Carsten Rau, Hauke Wendler, Ger­many). 90 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: This har­row­ing, in­ti­mate tale is a pow­er­ful cri­tique of in­ter­na­tional im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies that treat peo­ple like un­wanted goods.

Wadim was six when his Rus­sian fam­ily moved to Ger­many. De­spite the fact that they lived there as tem­po­rary aliens – for more than a decade! – Wadim con­sid­ered Ham­burg his home, un­til he jumped in front of a train at age 23. His fi­nal des­per­ate act almost seems to have been his way to en­sure he wouldn’t be deported again.

Through talk­ing- head in­ter­views, direc­tors Carsten Rau and Hauke Wendler piece to­gether Wadim’s tur­bu­lent life, pro­vid­ing an in­sight­ful and heart-wrench­ing por­trait of a young man who had no coun­try to call home. Apr 30, 6: 30 pm, Cum­ber­land 3; May 1, 1: 30 pm, Cum­ber­land 2.

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