We might as well be dead tells of the fear of not belonging: In the near future, the only safe place to live is in an idyllic high-rise complex in the middle of the forest. Anyone who wants to go there must submit to strict rules. When a dog disappears, the security officer Anna, of all people, is suspected of having disposed of the animal. Distrust grows into fear, fear into sheer hatred. Complex and original etude about the totalitarian features of a mélange of security mania and utopias - and how they turn into exclusion.