Kunsten at græde i kor 2006
1h 47m | Comedy, Drama | 27 April 2007 (Denmark)
Follows a precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, who tries desperately to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early seventies. Allan reveres his father, Henry, the local milkman, and can’t understand why others don’t feel the same way. His family life is so twisted he thinks it’s perfectly normal to stay awake all night dealing with his father’s hysterics and suicidal threats. Allan’s older brother left town several years ago, and his mother gave up long before that, relying on sleeping pills to escape Henry’s tantrums. Allan then becomes obsessed with a rival family, whom he considers foolish white trash until they start taking away Henry’s customers. He is frustrated that his mother doesn’t take his father’s complaints seriously, and is perplexed by the increasingly rebellious and bizarre behavior of his sister, Sanne. Incapable of understanding what’s going on and heavily influenced by his father, Allan commits appalling acts, unaware of their import.
Paul Connolly (Michael Socha) recalls his harrowing childhood growing up in a children’s home following a police investigation into his boyhood friend’s suicide. As Paul struggles to build a relationship with Anthea (Zoë Tapper), he is forced to confront those responsible for his shattered childhood and the death of his friend. Based on true events.
King of Thieves 2003
König der Diebe (original title)
1h 41m | Drama | 2003 (Austria)
Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, 10-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West. Caruso smuggles them to Berlin and separates them from each other; he sells Mimma into prostitution, while Marcel, an older Albanian boy, teaches Barbu how to snatch purses. When Barbu discovers what happened to Mimma, he decides to free her from the brothel.
Amissa Anima 2021
15m | Short, Drama | 4 June 2022 (Australia)
In the early 1980’s in St Kilda, a network of pedophiles preyed on street kids as young as 10 years old. The boys who survived this trauma, now as adults have shared their stories and collaborated in writing a short screen drama in a journey to personal and social healing. Four boys survive on the night streets of St Kilda in the 1980s, turning tricks for a feed and drugs. The fragile balance is broken when an act of betrayal pushes them to perform an unspeakable act.
A Year of Hope 2017
1h 24min | Documentary | 18 November 2017 (Netherlands)
A Year of Hope is about life on the streets of Manila. You will hear the horrible stories of Pablo, Justin, and some of the other boys. Thankfully their lives change during their year in Stairway Foundation. It’s an NGO located on an island in the Philippines far away from Manila. They’re there to get a proper education, eat nutritious food, have fun, and be introduced to new things. But sadly even in a place like Stairway, the gruesome streets of Manila are still lurking in the backs of the children’s minds.
8min | Short, Drama | January 2020 (Spain)
David attends a family meeting. His brother, Miguel, needs someone to take care of his daughter Miriam for a few days. During the lunch, David remembers a terrible moment that happened years ago in a swimming pool.
Sex is currency. It commands power and can instill fear. Tom, a young man with a troubled past finds himself sucked into a seedy underworld by George Norris, a now super villain with a sadistic streak. A helpless pawn in one of Norris’s narcotic scams with a bent cop, Dunston, Tom is dragged deeper into a vicious circle of blood money, vice and ruthless violence from which their seems no way out. Until fate gives Tom a glimmer of hope. When Norris is killed in his apartment, Tom seizes his chance to escape. Terrified and covered in Norris’s blood, Tom heads downstairs to his neighbors, Max and Nikki his new friends in the city. With going to the police out of the question, Max and Nikki speed Tom to their desolate cottage deep in the Welsh countryside. With the luxury of space, Tom begins to realize a long-forgotten dream; a return to happier times before his innocence was shattered. Suppressed emotion flood back provoked by Tom’s attraction to Nikki, a beautiful women fascinated by Tom’s past. Yet how long can this last with Dunston desperate to hunt down Tom before he exposes the corruption? It’s only a matter of time before his deadly past catches up with him again. But just how much is Tom willing to sacrifice…