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Long Traveling Newena (Newenas weite Reise)

Long Traveling Newena

This is the story of the German boy Jan who spends his vacation on a freighter ship with his uncle Fiete, who is captain of the ship. During the voyage Jan discovers a stowaway on board: Newena, a young girl form ex-Yugoslavia. Intrigued by this mysterious girl, Jan keeps his discovery a secret. Although the girl does not talk very much, Jan gradually finds out about her horrible fate during the war. Slowly the two children relate to each other. In order to help her, Jan becomes a stowaway himself. But before he can really help her, he needs to understand the full depth of Newena's suffering. And he needs to learn how to act selflessly.

Long Traveling Newena is about the primary victims of any kind of war: the children who grow up in fear and whose childhood is stolen. It reminds us of our responsibility towards these victims of war. This story regained its relevance in face of the situation in Kosovo in 1999.


Nenad Djapic was born in former Yugoslavia in 1948, and he studied film at the university in Prague. In 1972 he moved to Berlin, where he continued his studies in the theory of art. Since 1974, he has worked for film, television and theatre productions as a director, author and dramatic advisor. His first full length feature film Peter Gombas Lehr- und Wanderjahre was made for ZDF television in 1981, and was followed by Tu was, Kanake! (1982), Haus Excelsior (1984), Die Rache (1985) and Bosna Express (1997). Djapic\'s television work has also included several series and short films for children, and one of his features made for cinema, Wie klaut man einen Schwan, (1995) is also aimed at a young audience. He has completed documentary work in several countries, including an appraisal of the war in Serbia and Croatia filmed in 1991.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Nenad Djapic
Screenplay Nenad Djapic, Marc Eric Wessel
Cinematography Anton Rangelov Bakarsky
Krasimira Velickova
Ingo Ludwig Frenzel
Cast Dieter Pfaff, Max Herbrechter, Peter Franke, Heike Falkenberg, Florian Jaeger, Victoria Borislavova Borissova
Producer Ottokar Runze
Production Company Ottokar Runze Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ORB/Potsdam, NDR/Hamburg, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR/Stuttgart
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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