By Kira Bulik
I cried the first time I saw this film because it was so shocking. In one scene six members of a nazi gang noisily burst into a regional train during daytime and walk directly up to an Asian couple and start harassing them. One of them says “Boo!” to the Asian guy and “What are you doing here in this country? Leave this place!”. He hits the Asian guy on the back of his head and the couple is dragged down to the floor, where they’re beaten up badly while one of them is filming them with a mobile. All this just because they aren’t German. The Asian girl doesn’t scream that loud and the whole scene goes so fast. Afterwards they throw the Asian couple off the train at an empty train station. As the train continues, one of the gang members says “Finally the foreigners are gone, now we can be in here without anyone disturbing us”. The train is half full, but no one does anything or says anything. Well, what can you do in a situation like this? All six perpetrators have self-made swastika tattoos and tattoos showing 88 for Heil Hitler. The protagonist, the warrior, die Kriegerin, is around 20 years old and in this scene, she carries a t-shirt that says “Nazi Bride”. A t-shirt like that probably exists. Her grandfather was a Nazi and used to train her like a warrior, so she’s sort of born into it. You even see how she as a baby in a basket is told by her grandfather that jews are bad. It gave me the chills. The train scene influenced me a lot because of its authenticity. You can’t really be proud of Germany because of its past.I want to play the victim, the Asian girl. If I was in a situation like this, I would feel completely helpless. I wouldn’t be able to identify with the gang member’s hatred.
Statements on violence
These ‘statements on violence’ can be read in the Direct Approach Guidebook.