The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble with parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, wielding sticks & slingshots. It’s a battle of strategic skills for the opposing leaders, Including one scene in which the principal gang uses an ancient war trick to overcome their opponents with successful and itchy results.
Harmony Lessons 2013
Uroki garmonii (original title)
2h | Drama | 5 December 2013 (Kazakhstan)
Aslan is a 13-year-old loner who lives with his grandmother on a farm somewhere on the steppes of Kazakhstan. When he goes to school, he becomes the victim of bullying by the local thug Bolat. Shy and taciturn Aslan, supported by the relentless new student Mirsayin, starts to seek cruel revenge on the bully.
A group of young boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, they must take on the responsibilities of adults, even if they are not ready to do so. Inevitably, two factions form: one group (lead by Ralph) want to build shelters and collect food, whereas Jack’s group would rather have fun and HUNT; illustrating the difference between civilization and savagery.
El Camino De La Vida 1956
1h 36min | Drama | 29 June 1956 (Mexico)
Portrait of the lives of disadvantaged children in Mexico City by three criminals of a Juvenile center. One of them killed his stepfather to protect his mother, another left blind to his guardian to defend their abuses, and a third is forced to steal to eat.
Abel Twoj Brat 1970
Abel, twój brat (original title)
1h 30min | Drama | 2 October 1970 (Poland)
Karol is a newcomer to the class and instantly called “sissy”. He makes himself disliked by correcting his classmates and eating sandwiches, while everybody else eats dry bread and onions. He tries to make friends with class bully called Balon, and eventually succeeds. The group uses him to steal lollipops and later for an assault on a small child. The victim’s mother seeks out the responsible and Karol is identified. He eventually confesses to his mother and names his accomplices. Branded now as a “squealer” he is avoided by his former friends. During a concert Karol collapses and is carried off.
1h 26min | Drama, History | December 1976 (UK)
300 A.D. : the Roman Sebastianus is exiled to a remote outpost populated exclusively by men. Weakened by their desires, these men turn to homosexual activities to satisfy their needs. However, Sebastianus becomes the target of lust for a homosexual centurion, but he rejects the man’s advances.
1h 3min | Drama | TV Movie 21 February 1982
12 year old Thomas ( Abel Claassen) and his quest for friendship and love. He takes rowing lessons and grows rather fond of his teacher…who, according to his mother, is unlike the bully trainers in the other clubs…he really knows how to work with children. Thomas idolizes his trainer – and when the boy discovers that the person he felt such a love for lied to him in order to sleep with his mother – his heart is broken. It’s hard for him to understand why his trainer would prefer to be intimate with his mother than to be with him…
This tenderly romantic film tells the story of Steve, a young man in a British prep school, as he struggles with coming out and falling in love with the class jock, John… who, amazingly, falls in love with him as well.