Jakt 2018 Short, Drama | 11 December 2018 (Norway)
14-year-old Asgaut struggles to adjust to life in the small village where he and his mother have settled. After one day receiving unexpected help from the farmer Kjell, Asgaut starts working as a farm hand during the lambing season. The lonely Kjell appreciates having Asgaut on the farm, while Asgaut longs for care and security. A close friendship evolves, but is challenged when the people of the village jump to conclusions about their relationship. Asgaut is confronted with both prejudices and people who wants to exploit his vulnerabilities.
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.
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.
Mea maxima Culpa 2013
TV-14 | 1h 46min | Documentary | 16 November 2012 (USA)
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control – the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong.
Beasts of No Nation 2015
Not Rated | 2h 17min | Drama, War | 16 October 2015 (USA)
Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier.
While the Wolf’s Away 2017
Mientras el Lobo No Está (original title)
2h 3min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 24 February 2017 (Mexico)
While the Wolf’s Away is a coming of age/thriller about a group of young boys trying to escape a boarding school that’s hiding dangerous secrets. A story about love, friendship, and coming to grips with reality in a place that offers no escape, other than growing up.
The Painted Bird 2019
18 | 2h 49min | Drama, War | 24 October 2019 (USA)
In an unidentified area of war-torn Eastern Europe, a young boy is sent by his parents to live in safety with his aunt. But she dies unexpectedly, so he sets off on a journey to return home. He roams alone in a wild and hostile world in which only local rules, prejudices and superstitions apply. His struggle for virtually physical survival after the war turns into a battle of a different type. A battle that he doesn’t even realize, a fight with himself, a fight for his soul, for his future.