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Amandla Stenberg Defends Her Upcoming Controversial Holocaust Film ‘Where Hands Touch’



The romantic period piece from filmmaker Amma Asante revolves around the romance between two German teenagers — Stenberg as a biracial young woman coming of age during the time of the Holocaust and George MacKay as a member of the Hitler Youth.

Social media users criticized the drama for romanticizing Nazis.

Amma Asante wants to shine a light on the existence of “Rhineland bastards,” the German children of color who grew up under Hitler’s rule.

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"We lack a range of the experience of black people throughout history, let alone a story about someone who is biracial. People don’t really know that biracial children existed then. These biracial children where the children of French soldiers and German women who had fallen in love during World War I.”

About her character : "Leyna is experiencing racism and persecution, which ends up leading to her being sent to a concentration camp where she lives an experience parallel to that of Romani people or disabled people or mentally ill people or outcasts — those who were not Jewish and were not sent to extermination camps, but were persecuted and forced to work…that’s where those biracial children were sent at that time.”

About the film’s intent : “I think it’s challenging for people to conceive of a story about the Holocaust that is not centered around the Jewish experience, but the experience of someone else. But I think what the movie does really beautifully is it demonstrates what happens with these tricky intersections of identity and how we still continue to be human and love and be loved, despite that.”

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Tags: amandla stenberg, film - historical
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