After Kristallnacht and the murder of his father in 1938, a youth named Ferry flees from the Nazis and profiteers of Vienna. He scrambles for various exit visas and entry permits, and finally arrives in Prague, where he meets both Chandi (Armin Mueller Stahl), a German soldier who opposes the Nazis, and Alena, a sympathetic Czech clerk. The three make their way to France, hoping to reach Marseilles, from where they may sail to a safe port. Each character achieves a depth of emotional resonance seldom seen in cinema. Part One of WHERE TO AND BACK: A TRILOGY. 1987 San Francisco International Film Festival.