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At an Afghani outpost, German soldier Jesper comes into conflict with his conscience; should he help his interpreter, Tarik, in a life-threatening situation or should he follow orders?

A German Armed Forces soldier signs up for another mission in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. He and his squad are assigned the task of guarding a small village outpost from increasing Taliban influence. Tarik, a young Afghani interpreter, is put at their service. Together they try to win the trust of the village community and the allied Afghani militia. The difference between the two worlds, however, is immense. Jesper comes into conflict with both his conscience and the orders he receives. Tarik and his sister, Nala, are being menaced by the Taliban. When these siblings' situation becomes life-threatening, Jesper is forced to make a momentous decision: should he help the two of them and disobey orders, or will this perhaps trigger a catastrophe?
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Feo Aladag
Screenplay Feo Aladag
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Cast Ronald Zehrfeld, Mohsin Ahmady, Saida Barmaki, Abdul Salam Yosofzai, Burghart Klaußner, Felix Kramer, Pit Bukowski, Tobias Schönenberg, Roman-Timothy Rien, Abdul Sabor Rasooly
Producer Feo Aladag
Co-Producer Hans W. Geißendörfer
Production Company Independent Artists Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with geißendörfer film- und fernsehproduktion/Cologne, ZDF, ARTE
Runtime 103 min
Format DCP, color, cs
 German, English, Dari Pashto
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (In Competition), Golden Apricot Yerevan 2014, São Paulo 2014, Mumbai 2014, Arras 2014, Camerimage 2014, Black Nights Tallinn 2014 (Tridens Competition), Havana 2014, Palm Springs 2015
Awards Best Film São Paulo 2014
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Nordmedia, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Creative Europe MEDIA
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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