A film by Frieder Schlaich


Puberty, trust, precarious living conditions and deceit: A vibrant coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl from Columbia with the exceptional situation of illegal immigration. Based on a true story.

13-year-old Charo seems like a typical Berlin teenager. But no one knows that she has been living in Germany illegally for years, not even her best friend Laura. Problems start to arise when Charo’s mother is caught by the police and wants to take Charo back to Columbia. Charo now needs to trust Laura with her secret because it’s the only way she’ll be able to fight for her future in Germany.
The story is hard as life can be, but also fun and sunny like the summer of a teenage girl in Berlin.

Festival participations: Stockholm IFF – Junior (opening film, Best Film award), JeonJu FF, Zlin FF, Chicago Intl. Children FF (2nd prize live action feature film), Univerciné Allemand – festival de cinéma in Nantes, Festival Les Enfants du cinéma, Charleville-Mézières, Cinephil, Saint Philbert de Grand Lieu, Prokino Festival in Vendome, a.o.


Mariangel Böhnke  / Mira Aring / Angeles Aparicio / Andrea Sánchez del Solar / Anton Buchenhorst / Lavinia Wilson



Director: Frieder Schlaich / Writer: Claudia Schaefer / Editor: Robert Kummer, Kolja Kunt, Karina Ressler / Produced by Filmgalerie 451

Original Title: WEIL ICH SCHÖNER BIN / 81min / original language German and Spanish with english subtitles / Germany 2012



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