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Global responsibility

OUT NOW! A starkly honest portrait of German security forces in Afghanistan ZWISCHEN WELTEN reminds us that it should not be a case of "out of sight, out of mind"

Zwischen Welten hits Berlin cinemas on March 27.

At this year’s Berlinale, mixed reactions greeted Aladag’s follow-up to the award-winning Die Fremde, with its portrayal of a German ISAF unit struggling to assess its role in the Kunduz village entrusted to its protection. Zehrfeld is excellent as a morally embattled commander, Ahmady personifies the neediness of his Afghan interpreter and the original location cinematography is stunningly prescient. More pro-responsibility than anti-war, Aladag’s film sticks to its ambivalent guns. Not completely satisfying perhaps, but honest.  

Zwischen Welten | directed by  Fei Aladag (Germany 2014) with Ronald Zehrfeld and Mohsin Ahmady. Starts March 27

Originally published in issue #126, April 2014.