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.
- There will be a Cinébabies screening (for parents/carers of babies under 12 months) of System Crasher on Mon 30 March at 11:00.