The vulnerability of childhood is laid bare in Nora Fingscheidt’s award winning System Crasher, a wrenching tale of a foster child pushing Germany’s child and welfare system to its limits.
Nine-year-old Benni is a system crasher: a foster kid whose behaviour is so out of control that she cannot be placed with families. Given over to social services by her hapless, abused mother, she is a whirling handful of a child, intelligent and verbose one second, screaming and violent the next. When social worker Micha takes Benni to stay at a cottage in the woods, she discovers glimmers of a childhood she never experienced. But the idyll can only last so long and her return to civilisation will challenge the kindness of all those trying to save her.
A powerful story of a young girl who has lost her place in society, this is a no-holds-barred, deeply humane glimpse into the fraught and at times impossible world of child protection services. Driven by a powerhouse performance from Helena Zengel as the young Benni, System Crasher will leave you reeling.
This is a FREE screening as part of European Cinema Night. Thanks to 606 Distribution.
Followed by a Q&A with Producer Frauke Kolbmüller and a FREE drinks reception for ticket holders in Waterside 3.