Set Me Free 1999
Emporte-moi (original title)
1h 34min | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1999 (France)
Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Nana (Anna Karina), the character from Jean-Luc Godard’s “Vivre sa vie” (1962) about a Parisian woman’s descent into prostitution. Her confusion surrounding what is real leads to a crush for her female teacher and her actively pursuing what it’s like to be a prostitute for an evening.
Her name is Akiko and she is a fun-loving single mother to a young schoolboy. He needs her. She needs men. Specifically, she needs sex and attention from men and almost any man would do so sometimes the boy Shuhei does not receive the attention he craves. Men come and go, pleasure is given and received and it is all good until one day there is a large blood stain on Shuhei’s clothes. He has murdered his grandparents.
Fishing Platform 2008
Jermal (original title)
1h 28min | Drama | 12 March 2009 (Indonesia)
After his mother’s death, 12-year-old Jaya (Iqbal S. Manurung) is sent to his father, Johar (Didi Petet), who works as a supervisor on a jermal (a fishing platform perched on log stilts in the middle of the sea). Johar is shocked, never knowing he has a son and rejects the boy as his kin. Fully aware he can’t bring Jaya back to land due to a dark past, Johar is forced to accept the boy as a worker on the site.
Dust of Life 1995
Poussières de vie (original title)
1h 27min | Drama | 18 January 1995 (France)
Based on a true story, after the US withdrawal and the fall of South Vietnam to the communist forces in 1975, many people are sent to reeducation camps. Several desperate boys in one of the camps begin planing their escape.
Soft Like Me 1996
26min | Short | 18 March 1998 (USA)
On a secluded prairie farm, adolescent boys labor in wheat fields for a sexually predatory warden and his farmhands, who threaten to feed them to a voracious beast if they ever disobey. The newly arrived Linus instantly catches the warden’s eye, and begins to receive secret visitations from a mysterious girl. The other boys tell Linus the legend of a special boy who fled the farm and became a glorious angel that will one day return to free them all. When Linus asks the girl if she is the angel, her answer is enigmatic. After the warden’s favorite boy dies, Linus is poised to become the next victim. The girl reappears and promises to help him escape, but with hope comes punishment.
Road to Life 1931
Putyovka v zhizn (original title)
Passed | 1h 45min | Drama | 1 June 1931 (Soviet Union)
Young hobos are brought to a new camp to become good Soviet citizens. This camp works without any guards, and it works well. But crooks kill one of the young people when they try to damage the newly build railroad to that camp.
My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys (2020)
My Truth (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 25min | Documentary | 10 March 2020 (USA)
Corey Feldman and director Brian Herzlinger take a hard look at Hollywood and present the case that Hollywood is an industry inundated with pedophiles. As an Ambassador for Child USA, Corey Feldman introduces the organization’s founder and CEO Marci Hamilton as they fight to change the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases. Corey Feldman speaks about his own childhood sexual abuse while a Hollywood teen idol, as well as the allegations made against those he and others, say abused the late actor Corey Haim. Though the movie looks at past abuse, the focus is on what can be done to protect children in Hollywood today and in the future.
Foster Boy 2019
1h 49min | Drama | 25 September 2020 (USA)
Michael Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit Foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results. Michael, a successful litigator with a long career in protecting corporate clients, has been blinded from recognizing the real damage they can cause. He wants nothing to do with Jamal’s case until a Judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees Jamal, as a thuggish African American youth trying to get a piece of corporate profits. But when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest. As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit Foster care agency, Michael is transformed from reluctant defender to fierce warrior in the battle for justice.