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Watching films in jail

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I'm freezing here at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, which runs from February 7-17. Temperatures run to minus one and below. But there is something I'm looking forward to and greatly hope it works out. I have put in a request to see a special screening of a Berlinale film from the Competition section, System Crasher by Nora Fingscheidt — to be screened inside the JVA Plötzensee penal institution, or jail. Fingscheidt, lead actress Helena Zengel, and producers Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann and Frauke Kolbmüller will be present after the screening for a discussion with the audience.

The film, very aptly, is about a young girl, who is called a 'system crasher', because she breaks every rule in the book, and becomes impossible to manage — simply because she wants to be able to live with her mother again. By all accounts, it is a........

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