Stars Above Us
Sterne über unsDirected by Christina Ebelt
Cast: Claudio Magno, Franziska Hartmann, Kai Ivo Baulitz, Nicole Johannhanwahr
On-Demand screening available during Nov. 19-21, 2020
Viewable in the United States of America
Forced into homelessness, Melli, a single mother, takes her son Ben to a forest. There they build a makeshift camp, set back from the paths so that no one can find them. They think this solution is only temporary. Melli firmly believes their lives will improve soon, a feeling that is strengthened when she is employed as a trainee flight attendant. Unlike Melli, Ben actually enjoys the exciting camp trip. Life under difficult conditions further strengthens the bond between mother and son. Still, nobody must know about their homelessness, for Melli fears the authorities might take Ben away from her. Melli makes an enormous effort every day to fight her way out of this desperate situation. But her search for an apartment brings only humiliation, and when her struggle begins to seem futile, with added pressure coming from the youth welfare office and her employer, she is completely overwhelmed. She can no longer stop what she had tried to prevent under all circumstances. For the good of her child, she has to make the most difficult decision of her life.
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