Wind in My Hair - Back to a Distant Homeland
Around three million German-Russians live in Germany. Few Germans know anything about their backgrounds, history and culture. This documentary accompanies one of them, Melitta Anselm, on a journey to the place she left with her family in February 1990: the city of Karatau in southern Kazakhstan, where thousands of ethnic Germans lived during the Soviet era.
Karatau, a city in the mountains of southern Kazakhstan. It is a symbol of the culture and history of the ethnic Germans in the countries of the former Soviet Union. During the Second World War, Stalin deported the Soviet Union's ethnic German to Siberia. After Stalin's death, the sanctions were lifted and many of them moved to Kazakhstan. The German community there was characterized by a strong sense of identity and cultivated its culture and language in the face of decades of official persecution and discrimination. A poetic film about roots and identity, family and a slice of Russian-German history.