For the 15th edition of exground youth days, we are offering more unique insights than ever into the realities of young people from different countries, including Palestine, Peru, Kenya and the Philippines. In WHAT WALAA WANTS, director Christy Garland tags along closely in Nablus with a young woman who, in spite of the male-dominated world around her, holds stubbornly onto her dream of working for the Palestinian National Authority. In Alberto “Treb” Monteras II’s RESPETO from this year’s focus country the Philippines, Hendrix dreams for his part of becoming a famous rapper and escaping from the slums of Manila. Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L.’s RETABLO provides equally fascinating glimpses into unfamiliar cultures: in the mountains of Peru, 14-year-old Segundo must find his own way after discovering his father’s secret. And Kenya’s Academy Award candidate RAFIKI by Wanuri Kahiu guides us into a society marked by homophobia in which the two friends Kena and Ziki dream of a self-determined future. However, even in seemingly more enlightened countries, young people with same-sex attraction don’t have it easy, as Desiree Akhavan’s THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST demonstrates impressively. In Akhavan’s film, Cameron ends up in a re-education camp after getting caught by her bigoted family in a passionate embrace with her girlfriend. Lukas Dhont’s GIRL is devoted to the very timely subject of transgender individuals: ballerina Lara wants to finally be a woman on the outside too. Lisa Brühlmann’s fantasy drama BLUE MY MIND is also about transformation as the changes to protagonist Mia’s body are at first barely noticeable and then rather massive. In RAUS, Philipp Hirsch treats a radicality of a very different nature: in his film, young Glocke joins a group of societal drop-outs to escape a hectic reality shaped by social media. In the Wiesbaden Youth Film Competition and the International Youth Film Competition a number of cash and non-cash prizes with a total value of EUR 4,650 are up for grabs.