A very moving story about cruelty, courage, and with a surprising end. The ending has a twist that was somewhat surprising to me. I think all should watch this move – it is a story most of us have never heard. To those who say it didn’t happen – yes, it did. That there were so few black Germans who perished in the concentration camps is simply due to the fact that there were so few of them in Germany. Population estimates I have seen are in the range of 20,000 to 25,000 and since their records of birth, marriage, death have been so sparse and many were purposefully destroyed, we will never know the numbers of those who were killed by the Nazis. In the very first two minutes of the movie the girl Leyna says she grew up in Rudesheim, but had never seen another person like herself. Very few of the black Germans were actually the “Rhineland bastards” – the product of German women having affairs or marriages to African soldiers from the French Colonial Army which occupied Western Germany after WWI. Most were Africans who came in from Germany’s relatively short colonial period, or products of marriages and affairs of these men with German women. In any case, I do not see how telling their story in any way detracts from the horrors that the Jews suffered, or disrespects their suffering. It just adds more to the story of racial purity that Hitler’s fanatical Reich sought to achieve, and nothing was too heinous, inhumane, or immoral to be done towards that end. And, contrary to what one reviewer said – “Blacks were protected by German law” – it takes only about two minutes to find and read the 1935 Nuremberg Laws which stripped Jews of their citizenship and made it illegal for them to marry or even have sexual relations with people “of German blood.” Blacks and gypsies were also shortly thereafter swept into this class of “alien blood” people that were deprived of their citizenship, if they had it, and of relationships with people of German blood. And there was a forced sterilization program for the blacks, although it was never officially announced. As the movie shows, it first focused on the Rhineland bastards, and it is believed that more than half of them were forcibly sterilized. That there were simply so many Jews and so few blacks, there was never a program focused on their Final Solution. However, whenever and wherever they were discovered, they were imprisoned and often murdered. And when Himmler ordered a census taken of black Germans in 1943, it indicates that he was thinking about such a Final Solution for them after he got his really big population of “alien blood” under control. The director/screenwriter of this movie spent nearly 12 years researching it, writing it, and making the movie – it took so long because there are so few records, survivors, and witnesses. I think the acting by the main characters was superb. The mother, the girl Leyna, and her lover Lutz really pulled me into their dilemma, their confusion, their fear, their anger, their suffering, and the horrible options they were faced with. Fundamentally, their difficulties came from one single reason – falling in love with someone with a different skin color, and believing in that love, and wanting to pursue it. The mistakes they may have made in their decisions as individuals was hardly relevant. The crushing oppression of Nazi racism was. Pay close attention to what the mother says to Leyna at 37:30 minutes in. I didn’t until I watched it a second time. Obviously, she understood the Nazi mentality very well, and thus, the twist at the end should not have been so surprising to me. I highly recommend watching this movie – when a government turns to abject and despicable cruelty – its citizens, even those that are not in the targeted class of such cruelty, have few options, and no good ones.