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* MixedAncestry: Leyna is half German and half African, the source of her fraught status in Nazi Germany. Her baby with Lutz (who's a white German) is mixed too, and since such relationships are illegal under Nazi laws, she's at risk just by being pregnant.


''Where Hands Touch'' is a 2018 film about Leyna Schlegel, a biracial 16 year old girl living in Nazi Germany. As the child of a German mother and a black African father, she is despised by Nazi ideology, and in danger of forced sterilization to prevent her "contaminating" their gene pool. Leyna's mother Kerstin protects her by moving Leyna around, going from the Rhineland to Berlin with her little brother Koen. Her aunt and uncle aren't happy because the association endangers them. Lenya is kicked out of school due to her ancestry, and Kerstin gets false papers showing she's already been sterilized so the Gestapo will leave them alone. Seeking to belong, Leyna starts to embrace Nazi ideology, and begins a secret romance with a member of the Hitler Youth, Lutz, who sees past her race. Yet when Leyna becomes pregnant with their child, danger looms for them both... The film stars Creator/AmandlaStenberg, Creator/AbbieCornish, George [=MacKay=] and Creator/ChristopherEccleston.

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''Where Hands Touch'' is a 2018 film about Leyna Schlegel, a biracial 16 year old girl living in Nazi Germany. As the child of a German mother and a black African father, she is despised by Nazi ideology, and in danger of forced sterilization to prevent her "contaminating" their gene pool. Leyna's mother Kerstin protects her by moving Leyna around, going from the Rhineland to Berlin with her little brother Koen. Her aunt and uncle aren't happy because the association endangers them. Lenya is kicked out of school due to her ancestry, and Kerstin gets false papers showing she's already been sterilized so the Gestapo will leave them alone. Seeking to belong, Leyna starts to embrace Nazi ideology, and begins a secret romance with a member of the Hitler Youth, Lutz, who sees past her race. Yet when Leyna becomes pregnant with their child, danger looms for them both... The film stars Creator/AmandlaStenberg, Creator/AbbieCornish, George [=MacKay=] Creator/GeorgeMacKay and Creator/ChristopherEccleston.


* DisappearedDad: Leyna's father apparently went home to Africa long before. It's unclear if he ever even knew about her. We never learn what happened with Koen's father either (but he may have been born out of wedlock like Leyna too).

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* DisappearedDad: Leyna's father apparently went home to Africa long before. It's unclear if he ever even knew about her. We never learn what happened with Koen's father either (but he may have been born out of wedlock like Leyna too).Leyna).


* AllGermansAreNazis: Thoroughly averted. Leyna's mother Kerstin, unsurprisingly, totally opposes Nazi ideology. Even members of the Hitler Youth like Lutz turn out to be a bit inconsistent about it (membership was mandatory, so not everyone there were true believers). Leyna's uncle has contacts with German communists, and helps to get false papers for her. To fit in, Leyna disclaims her African heritage and embraces the Nazi ideology, but naturally it doesn't work out for her, because she's not an "Aryan".

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* AllGermansAreNazis: Thoroughly averted. Leyna's mother Kerstin, unsurprisingly, totally opposes Nazi ideology.ideology given that her child is persecuted for having a Black father, and she for the relationship. Even members of the Hitler Youth like Lutz turn out to be a bit inconsistent about it (membership was mandatory, so not everyone there were true believers). Leyna's uncle has contacts with German communists, and helps to get false papers for her. To fit in, Leyna disclaims her African heritage and embraces the Nazi ideology, but naturally it doesn't work out for her, because she's not an "Aryan".


* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Leyna suffers from this continually, as a result of her biracial ancestry, growing up in Nazi Germany. Simply having her appearance means she constantly stands out from everyone else.

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* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Leyna suffers from this continually, as a result of her biracial ancestry, growing up in Nazi Germany. Simply having her appearance means she constantly stands out from everyone else.else, and she's under the threat of being sterilized for her ancestry. After she gets pregnant from a white German boy, both she and her child are in mortal peril..

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* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: The film has an extreme example, with a white German Hitler Youth member falling in love with a biracial German girl during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Given Nazi laws, they must keep their relationship a secret, and the former [[spoiler:is murdered.]]


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* SecretRelationship: Leyna and Lutz must keep their relationship a secret, as it's banned under Nazi laws since she's not "Aryan".


* AmbiguouslyAbsentParent: Koen's father is not mentioned in the film, so it's unclear what became of him.


* MySecretPregnancy: Leyna must do this, as she was supposed to have been sterilized.

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* MySecretPregnancy: Leyna must do this, hide being pregnant, as she was she's supposed to have been sterilized.sterilized. Also, it would provide evidence she's had sex with an "Aryan", which is a crime punishable by death.


%%* BabiesEverAfter: Leyna is pregnant and near term at the film's end. - Describe how (if) this contributes to a happy ending


* BabiesEverAfter: Leyna is pregnant and near term at the film's end.

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* %%* BabiesEverAfter: Leyna is pregnant and near term at the film's end.end. - Describe how (if) this contributes to a happy ending





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* HideYourPregnancy: In-universe, Leyna must do this, as she was supposed to have been sterilized.


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* MySecretPregnancy: Leyna must do this, as she was supposed to have been sterilized.

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* AmbiguouslyAbsentParent: Koen's father is not mentioned in the film, so it's unclear what became of him.


* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Leyna's baby becomes this when Lutz is killed.

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* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Leyna's [[spoiler:Leyna's baby becomes this when Lutz is killed.]]


''Where Hands Touch'' is a 2018 film about Leyna Schlegel, a biracial 16 year old girl living in Nazi Germany. As the child of a German mother and a black African father, she is despised by Nazi ideology, and in danger of forced sterilization to prevent her "contaminating" their gene pool. Leyna's mother Kerstin protects her by moving Leyna around, going from the Rhineland to Berlin with her little brother Koen. Her aunt and uncle aren't happy because the association endangers them. Lenya is kicked out of school due to her ancestry, and Kerstin gets false papers showing she's already been sterilized so the Gestapo will leave them alone. Seeking to belong, Leyna starts to embrace Nazi ideology, and begins a secret romance with a Hitler Youth, Lutz, who sees past her race. Yet when Leyna becomes pregnant with their child, danger looms for them both... The film stars Creator/AmandlaStenberg, Creator/AbbieCornish, George [=MacKay=] and Creator/ChristopherEccleston.

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''Where Hands Touch'' is a 2018 film about Leyna Schlegel, a biracial 16 year old girl living in Nazi Germany. As the child of a German mother and a black African father, she is despised by Nazi ideology, and in danger of forced sterilization to prevent her "contaminating" their gene pool. Leyna's mother Kerstin protects her by moving Leyna around, going from the Rhineland to Berlin with her little brother Koen. Her aunt and uncle aren't happy because the association endangers them. Lenya is kicked out of school due to her ancestry, and Kerstin gets false papers showing she's already been sterilized so the Gestapo will leave them alone. Seeking to belong, Leyna starts to embrace Nazi ideology, and begins a secret romance with a member of the Hitler Youth, Lutz, who sees past her race. Yet when Leyna becomes pregnant with their child, danger looms for them both... The film stars Creator/AmandlaStenberg, Creator/AbbieCornish, George [=MacKay=] and Creator/ChristopherEccleston.



* FanDisservice: Leyna and some other female inmates are shown naked at one point in the camp washing. In the circumstances (imprisoned, with Nazi guards watching) it's far from appealing even with the good-looking ones.



* MixedAncestry: Leyna is half German and half African, the source of her fraught status in Nazi Germany.

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* MixedAncestry: Leyna is half German and half African, the source of her fraught status in Nazi Germany. Her baby with Lutz (who's a white German) is mixed too, and since such relationships are illegal under Nazi laws, she's at risk just by being pregnant.


* SpiritualSuccessor: This is now the third film from director Amma Asante to focus on a historical interracial love story (though this one is fictional, unlike the first two).

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* SpiritualSuccessor: This is now the third film from director Amma Asante to focus on a historical interracial love story (though this one is fictional, unlike the first two).[[Film/{{Belle}} first]] [[Film/AUnitedKingdom two]]).

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