1hr 58mins

On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni’s untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair.

System Crasher is shown as part of our International Women's Day Season – championing and showcasing female voices, talent and stories.

Nora Fingscheidt

Benni is small but dangerous. Immediately expelled from wherever she ends up, she has become what the child protection services call a system crasher*. Desperate to be back at home with her mommy, Benni shows no signs of changing her ways, but Bianca is scared of her daughter.

Mrs Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort, and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?

While being acutely authentic, first-time director Nora Fingscheidt transcends a psychological study and crafts vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema, which evokes unforgettable performances.

“Children’s violence is a cry for help. Always.” -Nora Fingscheidt

*System crasher – an unofficial term used by child protection services to describe a child whose behaviour is so out of control, they can’t find a sustainable environment for them.


As part of our International Women’s Day season, we’re also going to pair some female-directed, New Creatives North shorts with select movies. System Crasher will include Songs of the City, directed by Adelina Court, commissioned as part of New Creatives North.

Find our full International Women’s Day Season here

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