The Homes We Carry

The Homes We Carry

International Forum

COUNTRY: Germany YEAR: 2022 RUNTIME: 89 min

DIRECTED BY: Brenda Akele Jorde

LANGUAGE(S): Portuguese, German, English, Zulu

SUBTITLES: German, English

SCRIPT: Brenda Akele Jorde

PRODUCED BY: Florian Schewe, Miriam Henze


EDITED BY: Laura Espinel

SCORE: Lenna Bahule



THE HOMES WE CARRY portraits a family torn apart by the turmoil of world history between Germany, Mozambique and South Africa. At the center is Sarah, a young Afro- German mother. She wants her daughter to have the relationships she herself lacked as a child. Therefore, she travels with her to Africa, where her own father and the child’s father are waiting for them. But meeting Luana’s father, who suddenly has to grow up when Sarah shows up at the door with his daughter, presents both of them with great challenges. Meanwhile, Sarah’s father Eulidio recalls the almost forgotten and unjust history of the Mozambican contract workers in the former GDR. In his nostalgic daydreams, he returns to the origins of his European family and their sudden separation – a fate he shares with many other German-Mozambican families.

Brenda Akele Jorde

Brenda Akele Jorde was born in Hamburg in 1993. She studied Medua Sciene at the Universität Potsdam and Documentary Film Directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. THE HOMES WE CARRY is her feature documentary film debut and her master’s film project at the University. Her films so far deal with self-empowerment through art, queerness or effects of migration for the individual. Brenda also works at film festivals in Berlin, studied and worked in cultural institutions in France, Chile and Australia and works as a trained circus pedagogue in social institutions.

Va-Bene (2018), Stick of Joy (2020), A Way of Breathing (2020), The Homes We Carry (2022)


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