Where Hands Touch

2 h 1 min2019X-RayPG-13
When the daughter of a white German mother and an African father meets a member of the Hitler Youth - compulsory for all Aryan boys in 1944 Germany, they must battle against the fates laid out before them during the most brutal of times.
Amma Asante
Amandla StenbergGeorge McKayAbbie Cornish
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GabbyReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow! This story stayed with me for days
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This is such a wonderful film. The characters, the story, the struggle they endured was so real and so powerful. I watched this two days ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. I am probably going to watch it another two times this weekend..lol.

Some people have mentioned not liking the fact that the hero was a Nazi, but I love that because it shows a side of Germany during that time that we forget. First, he had to be in the Nazi Youth Group because it was mandatory during that time. Second, that not all Germans were evil. I think we want to paint them as such but films like this show us a different side of humanity. They show the silent majority. Those in society who do not agree with the political climate and yet stand by while their neighbors are taken out into the streets and killed. And it is not until the violence strikes home that people begin to have their eyes opened to how wrong things are. We like to think that we would never be apart of the silent majority, but I don't know. When people come banging on your door with a gun to your husband, wife, son, or daughters head, maybe you would crumble in fear.

But anyway, this film was just wonderful and a must watch. My only wish is that it could have been longer or there was a sequel.
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Michelle C.Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One Of THE BEST MOVIES I've seen in a VERY long time
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I don't know how to put this movie into words. What comes to mind is BRILLIANT, HEART BREAKING, EDGE OF YOUR SEAT AMAZING. Most importantly- EYE OPENING!! This Is A story that needs to be told over and over as a reminder that MANY other people were on the Nazis hit list other than the Jewish people. The actors and director managed to tell a beautiful love story during one of the darkest times in our history. And the best thing is that it's something you want to re-watch and share with everyone!
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linda galellaReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent WW2 film from a different POV that
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shows a young German soldier who loves Germany but is against the Nazi initiative. He’s also in love with the main character - a biracial young woman with a German mother and African father. He gets called into service without notice, directly after they’ve spent intimate time together and her family gets split apart by the Nazis. The young couple are reunited in a labor camp for the remainder of the story.

What’s most striking about this story is that it’s told in a way that you could share it with your 12-13 year olds, if they’re not too sensitive. It’s a good film to introduce the horrors that occurred during Hitler’s regime. There are some brief shots of naked bodies of women getting showered from a distance but there’s nothing sexual about it. The same can actually be said of the intimate scene between the young couple. The most difficult parts, IMO, are the instances of killing when a few characters that viewers are given a chance to know are senselessly murdered; they’re violent and shocking.

This movie is based on real events that are often forgotten about WW2. Hitler didn’t only obliterate 6+ million Jews, he tried to rid Germany and Europe of Black, Asian, Spanish, mixed, gay, handicapped and anyone the Nazi’s found inferior for any reason. “Where Hands Touch” focuses on a single black/white, biracial young woman and how her birth effects not only herself, but her family, friends, town and beyond.

Characters to care about, good storytelling and acting made this one of the best movies I’ve watched this year🍿

April History Fact or Fiction 2021 #25
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AnanomousReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2021
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This is a good watch, just be prepared for the emotional toll it will take on you, exploring the ethics and complexities of Nazi Germany. Yet while it has that focus, it gets you thinking about parenthood, race, courage, cowardice, patriotism, personal identity, and trying and failing to do what is right in a world that is so dark and broken there is no good path. I could write a lot more, but I feel like the more I write, the less I do it justice. And honestly I am gonna need several days to process what I just saw. Please watch this film It is sad, but it is not completely devoid of hope. Watching it will be worth your time I promise.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very good movie!
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I heavily disliked the idea of mixed-raced women falling in love with a Nazi, however, the movie was actually really good. I wish there was a part in it that was taken out. But overall, I was on my knees the whole movie. I felt every emotion that each character felt. Its one of those movies you might have to watch again because of the emotions of all the characters. The director did a good job showing how it as like for a mixed-race person living in Nazi Germany. But I did not care for the love story between her and a Nazi. I would have made some small changes to the film but overall very good. Another thing, I believe it said it was based on an actual event or something like that, but I never heard of a mixed race women getting involved with a Nazi in Germany- and that is misleading in my opinion. That is what the previews showed, BUT it really was about the mixed race character life overall in Germany, and not so much about her falling in love with a Nazi although that was indeed a part in the film.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done, excellent acting
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I always knew that numerous blacks were victims of the holocaust. Also there were black american entertainers caught in europe with the advancement of nazism. The topic is seldom broached. Leave it to Ms Asante to do it. Her works are fiction based on real stories. I thank her. My hope is that she will tackle next, Queen Charolette.
Where Hands Touch was well done, good acting,
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AnnabelleReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well acted
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I have seen this movie a few times only because i cry my eyes out every time, otherwise I would have viewed it a thousand times more. I get the reaction of some who does not like the idea of a Nazi soldier having a relation with a biracial German girl and they jump to conclusion that this is a romantic story. I think at its core, this movie is about love, not just a romantic love, but a love between mother and daughter, brother and sister, father and son, and the love for ones country. Yes, romantic love is part of it but it is the loving of ones true self and the search for character and identity that stood the most to me. I am obsess with Amandla Stenberg, such a great actor. Now I am obsess with George Mckay, great actor. And Abbie Cornish, great actor. This movie is well acted. Kudos to all the cast.
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Lawrence RobertsReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another but somewhat different story of Nazi horror and the courage to survive it
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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.
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