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We Came, We Stayed, We Got Deported (Geduldeten, Die)

We Came, We Stayed, We Got Deported
Scene from "We Came, We Stayed, We Got Deported" (photo © Ralf Jesse/Tof Intermedia GmbH)

The United Nations estimate the number of children refugees at about 12-13 million worldwide. 3-4 % of these children have either lost their parents or have to live separated from them. The technical term for these children without parents or relatives is “separated children”. About 100,000 of these children live in Europe, about five to ten thousand in Germany. We Came, We Stayed, We Got Deported tells some of their stories. For two years, the directors filmed their fate and fortune in Germany.

The stories of all these children are either fantastic or nightmarish. They all share the experience of being cast from their home into a world where everything is foreign: people, skin colors, language, manners, food, landscapes, weather, culture. And they all have to learn that it's not only the weather which is chilly in Germany. They are all children, however, and they all have no other option than to cope with their situation and to integrate into a society which does not exactly welcome them. The film is about the children’s efforts towards integration as well as about the obstacles which constrain them.


Natascha Breuers was born in 1969 and studied German Philology, Ethnology and Education in Cologne. Since 1989, she has been working as a freelance director and journalist for various publications and broadcasters.

Ralf Jesse was born in 1965 and studied Philosophy, Theater, Film, Television and English in Cologne. He works as a freelance director, producer, writer, and cinematographer for various publications, institutions and broadcasters.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Directors Natascha Breuers, Ralf Jesse
Screenplay Natascha Breuers, Ralf Jesse
Cinematography Natascha Breuers, Ralf Jesse
Kawe Vakil
Producer Benno Friebe
Production Company Tof Intermedia/Cologne, in co-production with ARTE, WDR
Length 98 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Kassel Documentary Festival 2008
With backing from Kulturstiftung des Bundes

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