118 minutes | Subtitled | 2019 | Germany
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.
5th April, 3:00pm
6th June, 7:30pm
Starting from 14th April, 11:00am