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Scene from COMBAT GIRLS (photo © Jonas Schmager)

Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels at home is with the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and hefty parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja joins the group, Marisa is like a role model to her: she fits the purest idea of a combat girl, fighting for the group's ideology. But Marisa's convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted with him, she will learn that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way. Will Marisa ever be able to get out of this group?
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director David Wnendt
Screenplay David Wnendt
Cinematography Jonas Schmager
Cast Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Gerdy Zint, Sayed Ahmad Wasil Mrowat
Producers Eva-Marie Martens, René Frotscher
Production Company Mafilm Martens Film- und Fernsehproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Runtime 103 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2011, Zurich 2011, Warsaw 2011, Sao Paulo 2011 (New Directors Competition), Molodist Kiev 2011, Dubai 2011, Plus Cameraimage 2011 (Cinematographers' Debuts Competition), Tallinn Black Nights 2011, Sofia 2012, Rome Independent Film Festival 2012, Zlin 2012, Cambridge 2012, BUSTER Copenhagen 2012, Reykjavik 2012
Awards Förderpreis Deutscher Film Best Screenplay & Best Leading Actress Munich 2011, First Steps Award 2011, Best Actress Sao Paulo 2011, Bavarian Film Prize 2011 Best Newcomer Director & Best Newcomer Actress, German Film Award 2012 (Best Film: Bronze, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actress)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Zauberland Filmverleih/Dresden

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