Land in Sicht is out in Berlin theatres on January 23.
Asylum and integration in Germany are hardly bold new documentary material, but that there’s plenty still up for discussion is proven by this honest and often lyrical treatment of four extremely likeable refugees in small-town Brandenburg, wrestling with bureaucratic stalemates, the culture gulf and the eternal spectre of the German language. The lingering lens is perhaps a little too merciless in its quest for the confusion, pain and searing awkwardness endured by these strangers in a strange land, but it’s worthwhile discomfort.
Land in Sicht | Directed by Judith Keil, Antje Kruska (Germany 2013), documentary. Starts January 23
Originally published in issue #123, January 2014.