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Part of The Last Bully: Stopping Epidemics of Violence (A Film Series in Four Parts). Featuring a post-film Q&A.
Presented by The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona, The Loft Cinema, the Jewish Community Center's International Jewish Film Festival, and the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding.
“A unique coming of age story that subverts expectations.” – Britt Hayes, Screen Crush
“A potent drama that offers a perspective both punchy and ambivalent on a female protagonist whose indiscriminate rage challenges without obliterating viewer empathy.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Fantastic stuff … an alarming, ceaselessly compelling motion picture.” – Cinema Sentries
A sheltered teenage girl falls in with a group of Neo-Nazi skinheads in this unflinching German drama Combat Girls. Svenja (Jella Haase) is a typical 14-year-old girl who studies hard, and earns good grades. Drawn into the world of Neo-Nazis by her boyfriend, she quickly clashes with 20-year-old Melissa (Alina Levshin), who believes the young newcomer doesn't belong. In time, however, Svenja and Melissa begin to develop a particularly close bond. Later, when Melissa decides to part ways with her Neo-Nazi past, that growing bond is put to the ultimate test. (Dir. by David Wnendt, 2011, Germany, in German with subtitles, 100 mins., Not Rated, Artsploitation Films) Digital