Amandla Stenberg attends The IMDb Studio presented By Land Rover At The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Bisha Hotel & Residences on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.
Stenberg’s controversial new big screen blockbuster, Where Hands Touch, will open in theaters September 14th. The historical drama, from acclaimed director Amma Asante, will chronicle the journey of a biracial girl, Leyna, who comes of age during the Holocaust.
In an exclusive interview with People Magazine, Stenberg comments that her character Leyna is, “… a character who is experiencing life at many different intersections.” She’s at a really weird intersection in time considering World War II, and considering who she is as a biracial girl growing up in Hitler’s Germany.”
Asante tells the magazine that “being born and raised in Europe, and of African descent” made her want to do the project. “I realized a long time ago that the histories of Black people in Europe were never really told. Our existence at certain crucial times in history has rarely been acknowledged along with the variety of our experiences, and identities never really given prominence on the big screen. Amandla’s clear-eyed grasp of the material was essential to the power of this film. Leyna’s journey from girl to woman is so beautifully navigated by Amandla’s intellect and talent. She plays her with a depth and a humanity that makes me so proud to have worked with her on this film.”
Where Hands Touch makes its world debut tis week at the Toronto International Film Festival.