When sixth-grader boy Qiu is bullied in school for having gay dads, he takes action to prove to the world that, unlike his parents, he is straight and manly. It’s no joke. Meanwhile, his stepfather Jia-How, a flamboyant Jazz trumpet player, must confront his own nightmares of childhood bullying before he can provide his son a feeling of security.
Tillsammans (original title)
1h 46min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 August 2000 (Sweden)
It is the 1970s and a group of very different individuals live together as a community. One of the members’ sister, Elisabeth, needs a new place to stay with her children after having had enough of her alcoholic and abusive husband. Elisabeth is neither a socialist nor a feminist nor into the green movement but ends up loving living in the community where they all learn from each other. The film makes a little fun of people with strong ideals and “square” minds whether they be vegans, communists or people who absolutely disgust vegans or socialists. In the end, the message of the film is that people can grow and gain from bonding with each other. It also shows how we need to shape up a little for this to work, either through working on our behavior that affects other people badly (like alcoholism or abuse) or the need to set boundaries and not let other people walk all over oneself.
Menino de Engenho 1965
1h 22min | Drama | 28 September 1993 (Brazil)
1920, in Paraíba. After his mother’s death, the boy Carlinhos (Sávio Rolim) is sent to the Santa Rosa mill to be raised by his grandfather and uncles. There he witnesses the arrival of a new era, with the advent of modern sugar mills and the economic and social transformations that sugarcane production goes through, changes that will affect everyone’s life. When he grows up and goes to school, he is no longer the naive and innocent boy who arrived at the mill.
Trouble at Timpetill 2008
Les enfants de Timpelbach (original title)
1h 37min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 17 December 2008 (France)
Welcome to Timpelbach, a small, serene village. Well, not really that serene… Indeed, for several weeks, the children have been playing multiple practical jokes and nasty tricks. The victims are, of course, other children… but also, and most of all, the parents. Overwrought, they decide to leave the village for what they think will only be one day. But nothing happens as planned: on the way back, they are taken prisoner by a group of soldiers. In Timpelbach, the news of a village without parents makes Oscar and his gang of thugs happy! But that isn’t the case of a few daredevils who decide to side with Manfred and Marianne to regain control of the village.
19min | Short, Drama | 1 August 2019 (Israel)
This particular summer, at an age that falls between childhood and young adulthood, while their grandparents are taking their afternoon nap, Keren and Noam play games in the attic (“Boydem” in Yiddish) that introduces them to a new level of intimacy.
First Love 2002
Premier amour (original title)
8min | Drama, Short | 31 October 2002 (USA)
In a schoolyard, kids play tag at recess. Back in class, Pol sits beside Justine. When the teacher’s back is turned he twirls her hair. After school the boys scoff some candy and share it with the girls… The class is at the swimming pool. One boy diverts the teacher’s attention so the others can sneak a peek into the girls’ change room. But the surprise is on Pol when he finds himself trapped inside with the girls, his swimsuit still outside!
Young Love 2001
1h 20min | Drama, Romance | August 31, 2001 (Finland)
Jukka, 13, is coached in photography by his openly gay art teacher. With his dead father’s old camera, Jukka sees Johanna, a beautiful girl in her early twenties being physically abused by her stepfather. With the help of the local fire department, Jukka comes to her rescue. He quickly befriends the girl who works in a nearby supermarket, claims to become her manager and enters her in a beauty contest.