Deportation Class

  • Director – Carsten Rau, Hauke Wendler
  • Producers – Carsten Rau, Hauke Wendler
  • Editor – Sigrid Sveistrup
  • Camera – Boris Mahlau
  • Sound Design – Torsten Reimers
  • Sound Design and Mixing – Yannick Rehder
  • Music – Sabine Worthmann
  • Duration – 85 min.
  • Year –  2016
  • Country – Germany, Albania


They come in the dead of night, wake up families with no ifs, ands, or buts, give them half an hour to pack and then put them on a plane. During the past year so-called enforcement squads from the police and immigration authorities deported 25,000 rejected applicants seeking asylum in Germany. But what does a deportation entail? And what does it mean for the men, women and children being deported?

Deportation Class, the award-winning, feature-length documentary film by Carsten Rau and Hauke Wendler, charts the comprehensive scenery behind a collective deportation in Germany for the first time: from the months of planning to the large-scale special nighttime operation conducted at the asylum-seekers’ accommodations, all the way to arrival in their homeland. Along with the question: What awaits the people there? And yet, the documentary not only shows harrowing scenes that have never been seen like this before. The film equally gives a face, a voice and, accordingly, their dignity back to all those who otherwise almost never get the chance to speak: people like Gezim, who had hoped for a better future for his children and must look on helplessly as his dream shatters. Or Elidor and Angyelas’s family, who were forced to flee from a vendetta and plunge into a free fall in Albania following deportation.

Screening on: 4 May / 17:00 / Kolga

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