In SORGE 87, Thanh Nguyen Phuong uses animated fabric prints to remember the contract workers who came to East Germany from Vietnam. Two couples, one Vietnamese, one German, look back at the time when they lived together in the small town of Werdau in Saxony. Sorge (which also means worry or sorrow in German) was the name of the neighbourhood where the filmmaker lived with her parents as a child. In 1987, several new buildings were constructed there to house Vietnamese textile workers. For these newcomers, everyday life in East Germany played out between this residential district, the language school and the factory and was accompanied by cultural misunderstandings and difficulties in adapting from the outset. And yet this world also included a cinema showing Vietnamese films that were not dubbed into German. The filmmaker went on to create an interactive documentation project (which can be found at sorge87.de) with additional interviews, images and texts to accompany her autobiographically inspired short film. (Can Sungu)
Thanh Nguyen Phuong, born in 1992 in Werdau, Germany, she studied communication design and film and works as a freelance communication designer and filmmaker. SORGE 87 screened and received awards at numerous international festivals.
Production Fachhochschule Potsdam(Potsdam, Deutschland) Director Thanh Nguyen Phuong Animation Thanh Nguyen Phuong Cinematography Christopher Patz,Thanh Nguyen Phuong Music Orbique – Simple Sound Christopher Patz, Thanh NguyenPhuong Assistant director Thuy NguyenPhuong With Wolfgang Neubert,Gisela Neubert,Hoan Nguyen Duc,Huong Pham Thi Lien.
Films: 2014: Timekiller (5 Min.). 2018: Sorge 87 (10 Min.).