What makes us who we are? Origin, mother tongue, nationality? What, if we lose them? Searching for her own roots the director explores an indigenous people in Germany: the Sorbs, the smallest Slavic nation. Their language and culture have either disappeared or are seriously endangered in result of oppression and pressure to assimilate for centuries. But a new generation is no longer accepting this: The law student Anna will become a Sorbian Hanka by joining the farmyard and family of Ignac who is committed to Sorbian self-determination. Petra is confronting the trauma she endured when her village like many Sorbian ones had to make way for a lignite mine. The young artist Hella redefines being Sorbian as alternative, anti-fascist and feminist. Ex-hooligan Měto turned his life around after discovering his Sorbian roots. His grandfather, who, as a child, was beaten for speaking Sorbian is fighting dementia. The Sorbian national poet Jurij Koch reflects on surviving against all odds. Ginter, whose parents had to provide the “Aryan certificate” in the 1930s and raised him German, now as a senior questions his identity.
Metaphorical images of nature, poetic reflections by a first-person narrator and archaic, yet experimental Sorbian music in the first feature film about Sorbs ever.
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