Scene from the film Distant Sons
Scene from the film Distant Sons
Scene from the film Distant Sons

Distant Sons

  • Germany
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Distant Sons is the story of six young refugees who have started a new life in Germany. As children they were driven from their families and their homeland by misery and violence. After their arrival in Aachen (Germany) they are accommodated as “orphans” in youth homes.

They float between worlds: on the one hand the memories of their childhood, their families, the traumatic escape and on the other hand their dreams of a future in Germany. Like other young people, they go to school or apprenticeships, do sports and spend time with friends.

The film accompanies the protagonists in their everyday lives. The camera shows excerpts from their “new” life in calm black and white images. Through their stories, the viewer delves into the complex inner life of the protagonists. The film opens up closed emotional spaces, gives space to thoughts about what is experienced and allows the viewer a glimpse into the future of the young people.


  • Original Title
    Ferne Söhne
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Andres Rump
  • Editing
    Andres Rump, Gabriele Voss
  • Sound
    Erik Wittbusch, Andres Rump, Ernst Wawra
  • Runtime
    87 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig, Deutscher Wettbewerb, 2016
    • DOKFest Kassel, 2016
    • Filmfestival Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet, 2016
  • Awards
    • Querdenkerpreis, Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet, 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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