16min | Short , Drama | 2016 (Switzerland)
X jumps first. Down in the water, he’s not allowed to change position. The goal for Y and Z is to jump as close as possible to X. The one who jumps closest to X wins the game. Measuring their power and proving themselves is part of the boys’ everyday life. Even for the 13-year old gentle-natured Yannik. Until his best friend’s upcoming sexual curiosity suddenly puts him in a threatening situation. Where is the line between game and reality and what happens if that line is crossed?
Loss of Innocence 2008
Binyag (original title)
1h 4min | Drama | 8 October 2008 (Philippines)
The title “Binyag” translates to ‘loss of innocence,’ and this little-known film from the Philippenes shows, very effectively, the process in which one young person loses his own innocence. A boy living a quiet, picturesque life in the Filipino province, spending his days swimming in the sea, is offered a job as a “film star” when a shady “talent scout” visits his small village. He promises the naive Leo that he can “make him a star.” Leo, excited at the idea of escaping his seemingly mundane life, accepts the offer, thus beginning his journey to the city of Manila, where he will learn some hard facts about the world he lives in.
Expulsion from Paradise 2001
Vyhnání z ráje (original title)
2h 4min | Drama | 19 April 2001 (Czech Republic)
Nothing seems to go right for Rosta, a film director who is shooting a movie called “Paradiso” at a nudist beach. Rosta finds trouble in paradise from day one as he continually clashes with the crew, actors, and his wife.
Time of the Wolf 2003
Le temps du loup (original title)
R | 1h 54min | Drama , Horror | 22 April 2004 (Hungary)
In an undefined time, the environment has been totally destroyed and now the water is contaminated and the animals have been burned. Georges Laurent travels with her wife Anne Laurent, their teenage daughter Eva and their son Ben from the city to their cabin in the countryside. On the arrival, they find that intruders have broken in the house, and one stranger kills George. Anne, Eva and Ben wander through the village asking for shelter and supplies for their acquaintances, but they refuse to help them. They reach an abandoned barn and spend the night inside. On the next morning, they meet a teenage boy and they walk together to a train station, where they find other survivors. Together, they wait for the train expecting to go to a better place in the middle of the chaos.
Paper Dove 2003
Paloma de papel (original title)
1h 30min | Drama | 25 September 2003 (Peru)
Juan, a young man convicted of terrorism, is given amnesty from a Lima prison; he boards a bus to return home and, in his mind’s eye, recalls events in his village near Huaraz when he was 10 or 12. His father is long dead, his mother lives with Fermin, secretly a sympathizer with the Communist guerrillas in the hills. Town leaders are assassinated at night. When Juan discovers Fermin’s secret, Juan is spirited away to the guerrillas to learn Marxist slogans and how to fight. When the band decides to attack the town to avenge the death of a comrade, Juan must choose. There are no white hats on any side: critical thought without love of life bears no fruit, writes Erich Fromm.
When an employee of Mumbai’s Chandan Nagar leaves, he is replaced by a youth, Fatka, who has a stray dog, Bhidu (a.k.a. Buddy). There is no accommodation provided for this homeless orphan, so he and his pet decide to make an abandoned antique car their new home. There is some resentment from the children of the building, but Fatka gets accepted in the cricket team after he demonstrates his bowling capabilities. A chance visit by a politician, Shashikant Bhide, results in enforcement of new municipal legislation to capture all stray dogs, and the children decide to oppose it. Their attempt to secure 31 signatures from residents turns out to be in vain, and they decide to launch a unique protest. Shashikant puts pressure on Chandan Nagar’s Secretary, Tandon, as well as launches his own campaign to enforce the legislation and ensure Bhidu’s capture.
A Story of Children and Film 2013
1h 46min | Documentary | 4 April 2014 (UK)
A Story of Children and Film is the world’s first movie about kids in global cinema. It’s passionate, poetic, portrait of the adventure of childhood: its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness: as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries. A story of children and film is an eye opener, a landmark film and a celebration of both childhood and the movies.