youth days

To desire the impossible, to test one’s own limits – those are certainly aspects that characterise the lives of young people the world over. Although the limits can vary widely from country to coun-try depending on the era and culture – and with them the resistance that the maturing youngsters have to face. For instance, the protagonists of the Brazilian documentary film YOUR TURN find themselves confronted with an armada of cops at their demonstrations for a better education system. The young women fighting for self-determination in PAPICHA in 1990s Algeria and in FLESH OUT in today’s Mauretania also very quickly run up against the limits of their patriarchal societies. However, the two boys from BEATS don’t have an easy time of it either when it comes to trying to break the chains of class socie-ty in the politically charged climate of Great Britain in the year 1994, although they are in a doubtlessly better starting position in spite of it all than 15-year-old orphan Quodrat in THE ORPHANAGE, set in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1989. In the end, the three young men are united however in their escape into other worlds – on the one hand into the underground rave scene, and on the other hand into colourful Bollywood films. However, in the world of social media the promises of inexhaustible possibilities turn out to be vapid and empty too – as the US-American documentary JAWLINE shows impressively. In the end, 16-year-old Austyn Tester has to recognise that his attempts to break out of a world he finds constrict-ing are only met with temporary success, just like the two boys in the Czech production WINTER FLIES. However, just watching these young individuals stage their small and large revolts brings up feelings of great respect and admiration. All that while managing to be entertaining and informative to boot!

BEATS
by Brian Welsh
United Kingdom 2018 96 min English original version with German and English subtitles

FLESH OUT
by Michela Occhipinti
Italy 2019 94 min Hassanya original version with German and English subtitles

GIRL
by Lukas Dhont
Belgium/Netherlands 2018 105 min French-Flemish-English original version with German subtitles

JAWLINE
by Liza Mandelup
United States 2019 99 min English original version with German subtitles

PAPICHA
by Mounia Meddour
France/Algeria/Belgium/Qatar 2019 105 min French and Arabic original version with German and English subtitles

THE ORPHANAGE [PARWARESHGAH]
by Shahrbanoo Sadat
Denmark/Germany/France/Luxembourg/Afghanistan/Qatar 2019 90 min Dari-Russian-Hindi-Urdu original version with German and English subtitles

WINTER FLIES [VŠECHNO BUDE]
by Olmo Omerzu
Czech Republic/Slovenia/Poland/Slovakia 2018 85 min Czech original version with German and English subtitles

YOUR TURN [ESPERO TUA (RE)VOLTA]
by Eliza Capai
Brazil 2019 93 min Portuguese original version with German and English subtitles

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