From the country to freedom - Moritz, called Momo, wants to get out of remote Wusterhausen. So he opts for studying business mathematics in Dortmund. Together with his friend Dirk he sets out to university in order to reach his new target with a thirst for action. Right in the first lecture the professor tells them that – statistically speaking – their right and left neighbours will not make it to the final exam.
Dublin, 1979: For 13-year-old Maeve there is only one topic at the moment: bras and cup sizes. Finally she is also wearing one, as well as her friends Ruth and Orla. Only Claire tries to be special again. As a feminist she wants to live a self-determined life and does not want to submit to the rules of the others. Topic number two, how should it be otherwise, is boys.
Jonas is 16 years old and lives with his mother. He stands at the threshold of adulthood and is therefore looking for his new identity. One day, Vicky appears at his place. He knows her from a party. The girl claims to be pregnant by him. But Jonas denies it and sends Vicky off. He completely ignores this meeting.
At the beginning of the 1950s in the Baden-Wuerttemberg village of Sankt Peter: Since the death of his wife, the Bacher farmer, who strictly lives according to traditional rules, has become increasingly bitter. He sometimes vents his anger on his children Maria and Gregor, who are thick as thieves. Although Maria works hard from morning till night and Gregor also helps at the inn, the farm becomes too much for old Bacher.
Charleen is 15 ¾ years old and angry because “life is not a children's birthday party”. She principally only listens to music by people who have already died, and she serves her school traineeship at a funeral home. She often wonders why everything is so complicated: the idiots in her class, her mother with her stupid boyfriend Volker, her tiresome little brother, in short: all her existence.
Somewhere in front of the gates of Berlin. The hopelessness has lay down on the inhabitants of the small town like a second skin. The girl Johanna, alias Joe, denies having any dreams, too. Not even the lousiest job they let her, she, who is regarded as unattractive and not flexible. Joe is forced to search something, that she really is able to do and what she believed in.
Alfons Jitterbit is unlucky. “Jitterbit, chicken shit!” – call boys from school after him. No wonder the eleven-year-old wants nothing more than being a “normal boy”, just like his parents want him to be. The boy has too much imagination and too little muscle, says his father. Alfons only dreams of becoming a famous astronaut like Alexander Gerst and his first officer Sergej Krumov.
In the middle of a sentence, 17-year-old Eva suddenly has epileptic twitches and unintentionally stammers out words, such as: asshole, wanker, cunt or Heil Hitler. Eve suffers from Tourette syndrome. This is why she avoids other people and prefers walking alone in the woods or watching animals at the lake.
15year-old Mareike lives with her mother, her sister Franca and her brother Tim in a Mannheim suburb. She dreams of being a model. But she hasn't got the money for the expensive training. Moreover, Mareike is a bit too chubby for this job. Nevertheless, she is absolutely determined to make her dream come true.
Lola has a Brazilian father, an 80-centimeter tall Aunt Lisbeth and a few million fans when she changes into the famous singer Jacky Jones at night. What Lola does not have is a best friend who you can stick by through thick and thin – and this is what she wants most of all. But there is not much choice in Lola's new school.
On the outskirts of Leipzig, just after the end of the GDR: Dani, Rico, Paul, Pitbul and Mark, not too long ago still pioneers with red scarves, grow up at a time of upheaval of an entire society. Yesterday’s values are no longer valid today. Wild and unruly, the boys hang around, they are proud of having broken into 42 cars, they steal in supermarkets, booze like there is no tomorrow and “explore” the new nightclub.
Eleven-year old Michi is a fighter and a little braggart. After his mother’s death, he lives in a children’s home and has to stand up to the older guys every day. When he happens to find the address of his unknown father, he hopes to finally get an ally – one who is tall and strong and stands by his side.
After the death of her mother, 16-year-old Mifti and her older halfsiblings Annika and Edmont are a rather chaotic flat-sharing community. In other words, Mifti, who hates everything normal, does not stick to the rules, skips school and provokes at any given opportunity.
15-year-old Ljubica, known as Bica, and her younger brother are totally neglected and live in the streets of Bucharest. They support themselves by various thefts. In a raid, her little brother is caught and taken to an orphanage. Bica is desperate and considers how to get her brother back. Then she meets Cristu, a former policeman. He promises Bica much money, if she comes to Germany with him.
Charlotte’s parents Sylvia and Max were always regarded as “the picture-book couple”. But now they separate, just before Charlotte’s 16th birthday. Max has a new girlfriend and Sylvia moves to Vienna with her daughter and her younger son Felix. Charlotte can poorly cope with her parents’ unexpected separation and with leaving behind the idyllic country life.
Wrapped in plastic film 16-year-old Siyar is sent across the border illegally in the oil tank of a truck. The Kurdish boy from a small village in Iraq has an assignment: He is to kill his older sister Nermin and thus save the “honour” of his family. For Nermin loves Azad and is not willing to consent to the marriage arranged by clan chief Agha. On the night before her forced marriage, she flees to Europe.
It’s rabbit boy Karlchen’s birthday! He’ll be five years old. But exactly on this day Baby Klara gets a fever and has to go to the doctor. The party is postponed. But Karlchen wants to celebrate and walks with his cuddly toys to Grandma. Forbiddenly through the dark forest...
Santa Claus and his gift bag Beutolomäus are inseparable. Only if they can roam all corners of the earth together on Christmas Eve, they can make children’s hearts beat faster and their faces beam with joy. But everything is different this year. Beutolomäus has disappeared. Unexpectedly little Tim becomes a witness to the incident.
The “Beutolomäus” series and movies are among the most successful Christmas brands of Kika children’s channel. Year after year Santa Claus and his gift bag Beutolomäus experience fairytale adventures. In this new TV movie, the two receive a letter from eight-year-old Louis shortly before Christmas.
Sorcery is better than school, but Bibi has not taken into account her parents' opinion. They send their daughter to a boarding school in Altenberg castle during her holidays, where seh is supposed to spend the whole summer swotting for her mathematics repeat exam. In the boarding school Bibi makes friends with Elea who has been sitting in a wheelchair since she had an accident.
Lara is 23 and studies architecture, but she is not interested in her studies although she has nearly completed them. She is even getting bored with the wild nightclub life she used to enjoy with her best friend Nora. But what does she want, what is important in her life? Photographing maybe? She does not know, and she cannot speak about such issues, not even with her friend.
In Broken Glass Park people just take what they want. You need a big mouth and a thick skin when heavy insults come from the side or your own mother is murdered. Sasha is a young woman, fearless, damned smart and at home in Broken Glass Park. This is her story. Her mother was a journalist and Sasha loves reading - and writing too.
After the death of their mother, the father marries again. Initially brother and sister look forward to it because they even get a playmate - their stepmother’s daughter. But she turns out to be quarrelsome. Nothing suits her. No game proposal is right for her. In view of the parents they pretend to be harmonious siblings. Overwhelmed by his feelings about the wonderful new family the father reveales the place of the family assets.
Tiffany is a cosmetic shop assistant and dreams of her own shop. She loves the life and dresses with pleasure remarkably sexy. Unfortunately the last some people disturbs, because Tiffany is a little bit chubby. However, she owns a lot of healthy selfconfidence to meet her environment. When Tiffany meets Falk, everything becomes differently.
When 17-year-old Phil returns from a language camp, everything is different: a storm swept over the small town and devastated their enchanted garden, mother Glass has fallen in love again, his twin sister Dianne withdraws more and more, and then a new student joins the class. Attractive, somewhat reserved Nicholas magically attracts timid Phil making the chaos complete.
During a very normal weekend in Germany, the paths of punks, skins and independents cross. This leads to disaster - the "chaos days". The film tells many stories about this subject. There is Mitch. He is really fed up, fed up with of his buddy Didi and fed up with the standstill of the punk scene. And then there's Eddi. He is the leader of the Nazi skins.
Paul is an intrepid astronaut. His sister accompanies him on every flight to the moon as a scientist. Paul suffers from the incurable lunar illness. Only at night he is allowed to go outdoor. Therefore, the 12-year-old Lisa invented an imagination play in which Paul jets as a missing spaceship captain through the space. Every afternoon the both spend with each other. However, then Lisa falls in love.
16-year-old punk and school dropout Mae roams the streets of Vienna with her clique spray-painting walls and trains at the station. She lives on canned beer and whatever she “acquires gratuitously” at the supermarket. She tries her hand at poetry slams, always wearing the bright red Chucks of her elder brother, still not having overcome his death.
Clara is 13 and lives with her mother Nina and her stepfather John on a remote mountain farm in the Swiss Alps. One day she meets twelve-year-old Thomas. He was transferred from an urban youth center to the mountain village for disciplinary reasons and lives with a host family at the moment. The two outsiders get on very well and become really good friends.
In the class 5a of the Berlin Fläming school pupils with extremly different abilities learn together. Four children receive no marks, they are learning-weakly or handicapped, other are highly gifted again. However, all pupils of the class have similarities, the school is not always great fun, homework were forgotten, class work signify stress.
The two young men met as children. At that time, Sule helped Tommy when older boys wanted to beat him up. Since then, the two have been like brothers. Nothing can harm their friendship. Not even the fact that Tommy goes to grammar school and Sule to secondary modern school can separate them. The gang is their family, their dream is a tuning shop.
Cobain hates his name: his drug-addicted mother Mia named him after a junkie who shot himself in the head. Cobain does not want such a life, he does not want to be a problem case. He is annoyed by the children’s home, but he also despises the privileged foster families, where he is to be lodged. He wants to take care of himself, assume responsibility, even for his mother.
Marisa lives in a small provincial town, she is in her early twenties and a member of a group of neo-nazis. She has learned slamming, and perseverance. When she was a child, her nazi grandfather practiced with her carrying a backpack full of heavy wet sand on the beach without whining and complaining. Today, she hates foreigners, blacks, politicians, Jews, and especially the police.
Moving from Frankfurt/Main in Western German to Frankfurt/Oder in the Eastern part is a heavy blow for sixteen year old Georg. He was close to becoming state champion in Taek- wondo and very much in love with Jasmin. By moving, Georg loses everything that‘s important to him. In his new class he is immediately challenged by Thomas, leader of the extremist right-wing gang.
”When my nose rings,” Baer says while fishing, “it means that something great is happening.” Tiger and Bear really discover a mysterious wooden chest with a faded treasure map at the bottom of the lake. Who can stay at home in such a situation? Tiger and Bear decide to set out and find the treasure. But the map is torn during an argument and one half of it flies away.
Johann lives with his mother. Ludwig lives with his sister Vera and his father on a farm almost under the newly built but never completed motorway bridge, which is now a popular destination for those weary of life. Even his mother jumped down from there one night. Since then the terrible sounds of those jumping have haunted him.
“Nice is the little brother of shit,” says Tom, who has just graduated from high school. Tom is nice, but seemingly invisible to girls. So far, he has not known any girl who would be keen on him. He does not have any friends either, apart from red-haired Dodie, who is a little too fat. But that’s not all.
Israel, in the late 1980’s: politically active Palestinian Salah, who is fighting for the independence of his people, proudly sends his son Eyad to an elite school in Jerusalem. There Eyad is the first and so far the only Palestinian student and therefore seeks to adapt to his Jewish classmates. Nevertheless, he soon starts to notice the prejudices of the Israelis, who even have trouble pronouncing his name correctly.
Instead of serving his sentence in a prison, teenager Daniel is sent to Greece to take part in a project for juvenile criminals. On an ostrich farm in a remote village in Evros near the Turkish border Daniel is to learn to obey rules and take responsibility for the community. In this project, “the community” just includes the leader, an instructor and about 14-year-old Max, who is longing for closeness and sees Daniel as his friend.
The suicide of her brother Dennis shakes Rebekka’s perfect world. While her parents try to keep up their appearances in the village, Rebekka has nightmares. Vincent was Dennis‘ best friend. She tries to understand her Brother’s death with his help. But her parents put the blame on him.
At the age of twelve, shy Paul Thomas is in love for the first time: with slightly older confident Saskia from his school. Saskia does not take the “little one” seriously since having a younger boyfriend at this age is uncool. At 17, Paul is still in love with Saskia. In vain, however, because she is seeing Kalle, the singer of a band, even though he can do anything else than sing well.
Spring 1945: Eleven-year-old Felix lives with his mother Anna in Munich. His father Bernd, a well-known trumpeter, is at the front. When bombardments of the city do not stop, Anna and Felix flee to the countryside. They set up a new home on the farm of a deceased aunt.
15-year-old Donald just wants to be like everyone else his age. But he has cancer and is being pursued by wild death fantasies. He digests them using felt pen and marker to create extraordinary comics in which a muscle-bound superhero, his alter ego, is struggling against the cruel Glove equipped with knife hands and his sexy assistant Nursey Worsey.
Dessau, in 1985. The American break dance movie “Beatstreet” is officially shown in East German cinemas. 18-year-old Frank and his friends Alex, Michel and Martina are fascinated. They watch the film again and again and try out breakdancing themselves. They dance in the street, on a piece of linoleum brought along. As more and more young people join them, the party officials become keen-eared.
The story of 16 year-old Nathalie, who grows up well protected and strongly guided by the dogma of her "Church of the Lord". When the family moves to Berlin, her behavioural patterns and foundations of her life are turned uspide down. Teachers and fellow students can't understand why Nathalie refuses to participate in sports or read "objectionable books" in German class.
Gesa, Frido’s mother, does not like losers. Unfortunately, the ten-year-old boy just feels like a loser, at least at school. His teacher, Mrs. Klawitter, does not want to give him a recommendation for grammar school secondary education because he is said to be much too playful and first has to learn “to write his numbers into the boxes”.
Ranji has just moved to Berlin. He dreams of dancing in a Bollywood movie, but his new classmates don’t seem to allow him to do that. His chance: a casting in Mumbai. His goal: to stand in front of the camera with his great idol.
Jakob, a lovely boy, helps his mother on the market. However, one day an ugly, old lady insults everyone at the booth and Jakob rants back. Little does he know that this is fairy Kräuterweis. Vicious as she is, she will take revenge on Jakob ...
The story is set at the end of the 19th century. 17-year-old Effi is married off by her parents with Baron Geert von Instetten, who is 20 years older but befits their social status. Von Instetten, who had once cast an eye on Effi's mother, is principled, ambitious and quite numb. Effi in turn is still very naive, and really a whirlwind.
"Hurray, we are the winners" - 22 pupils win a weekend trip. The medieval castle Posterstein is the desitnation. As a result they learn much interesting about the life hundred years ago. Two of them experience a great adventure within the castle walls. In a dream they live the life on the castle, as master and mistress.
“This time we really have a holiday”, says Anne, as she arrives with Julian, Dick, George, their dog Timmy and Uncle Quentin on the idyllic island of Tao Lapai. It actually looks as if it could work for this holiday. The five friends are living in businessman Mr. Haynes’ elegant bungalow and having a good time in the beach bar owned by Cassi and Nick.
Tomek and Del are youths in the second generation of Polish and Moroccan immigrants. They make friends with Minh, who is Vietnamese. His naive and unconventional nature gets them going. Huge conflicts are on the way, however, when Minh starts to accompany his new friends on their night-time graffiti and drug forays.
The kindergarten kids Rieke, Max, Lene, Paul, Suse and Ben live in Bollersdorf. Bollersdorf is famous; it is said to be the “most normal place” across the country and its residents are considered to be “German average citizens”. The adults are very proud of this. And they particularly appreciate that Bollersdorf has been selected to test all possible new goods.
Findus, the cat, needs a new bed. “The old one has become too small,” says Pettson, while Findus protests: “No, I have grown up!” From now on, the cat only wants to be called “the big cat” and have a say from time to time. And he wants to do dangerous things, like pulling a huge fish out of the water without Pettson’s help, or sleeping alone in a tent.
Although Nana is not even 16, she has to care for her younger half-brother and half-sister Tatiana and Toto, as well as for their mother Roberta. As Roberta, who has three children from three different men, is “the most embarrassing figure in the universe and the most incompetent mother of all times.” At least this is the opinion of Nana, who is fed up with Roberta’s many amorous adventures.
Six-year-old Moni believes that everything will be all right now. But Johanna, her older sister, is sceptical. Her violent father has just returned home after an anti-aggression therapy. But even now he cannot get himself under control. When routine starts again in the family’s everyday life, he takes out his pent-up aggression on his wife Erika.
Eleven-year-old Linh and her little sister Tien are left home alone when their mother unexpectedly has to return to Vietnam to take care of their seriously ill grandmother. So Linh not only looks after quite unruly Tien, she also manages the family restaurant on her own. No one outside the Vietnamese community is supposed to find out and definitely not the child protective services.
Traude Krüger has been teaching the piano in the women’s prison for sixty years. Since hardly anyone of the inmates still takes an interest in it, the warden decides to abolish the instrument, the lessons and thus the teacher. The old lady does not want to put up with it. She takes a piano to the prison on her own account.
France with his language is a red rag to Henrik. When Valerie meets him, he does not anticipate that his setting willl change very soon. The chances of a date sin, after he comes out as a France opponent. Valerie is a half Frenchwoman. However, there is the French exchange program. Henrik with an illustren society soon sits in the coach to France.
The animals of Mullewapp farm, which include Franz the cock, Marilyn the hen, Wolke the lamb, and the fat pig Waldemar, lead a normal country life. One day they have an unexpected visitor. Johnny Mouse comes to their farm. He calls himself Johnny Mauser and claims to be a famous actor. Each day he shares his large story collection with them.
Leipzig in the summer of 1989: more and more people from East Germany are fleeing to the West. Fritziʼs best friend Sophie does not come back from her holiday in Hungary either. Fritzi had already been surprised when she was not allowed to go on holiday with Sophie and her mother Kati and that they left their dog Sputnik with her.
For 20 years, the ghost of Mercurius was locked in a magic bottle. Now he is released and the village people fear that he is going to do mischance again. No one dares to catch Mercurius – except the young medical intern Sophia and the herbal apprentice Jakob.
Tom is eleven years old and a timid boy who still believes in ghosts and is frightened when he is home alone. His overprotective parents want to toughen him up by practical tests, which do not really help him. When he is to get something out of the cellar for his father once again, he is scared by a green slim-dripping ghost named Hugo. In his distress Tom turns to Hetty Cuminseed, the best ghosthunter in town.
Life couldn't be better for 16-year-old Steffi: She has successfully finished school, will soon start her training as a police officer and is looking forward to the class trip to Paris, where she wants to spend her first night with her boyfriend Fabian in a romantic hotel. The only thing left to do is a health check for the police, then off they go.
In a strictly organised achievement-oriented society, where only the law of the strongest applies, the students of a senior class must prove themselves in a digitally supervised training camp in order to enter one of the prestigious Rowald universities. This privilege is reserved to the rich and the best of the country.
This movie is dedicated to the history of the origins of Goethe’s famous epistolary novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther”. Wetzlar, in 1772: young Johann Wolfgang Goethe is 23 years old and has been banished by his father to the Imperial Court of this small town because he failed his law examination. This stay should finally knock some sense into him. Goethe really wants to become a poet, rather than learning a “real” job.
Dachau country is at the back of beyond. Kati and her best friend Jo live just here. Is it any wonder the two girls have itchy feet. On a meadow under the night sky they hang onto their dreams of liberty, adventure and true love. True love might already be there for Kati in the form of army soldier Mike, or so she thinks. But Mike shows little interest in a date.
The 11-year-old Sebastian finds out from his youthful brother Franz that the mother died at his birth. Confronted with this news, he feels guilty. He thinks that he lands after his death anyway in the purgatory. From now on Sebastian risks everything to "clean" himself from his sins. Besides, the family joiners in the pub of his father stand to him with amicable adivse aside.
Ten-year-old Emma is happy. Six weeks summer holidays in the country, with granny Dolly and her many animals. The girl looks forward to this stay each year. When Emma finally arrives in the small place, it is like always. The grandmother’s neighbours are as pleased to see the summer guest as grandmother herself.
"Hangtime" is the time between the jump of the player in front of the basketball hoop and the sinking of the ball in the basket. Only a fraction of a second Just as long as reality needs to destroy Georg's dream of a basketball career. His parents were killed in a traffic accident.
The twins Hanni and Nanni are really crafty. Armed with hockey sticks and a ball they dash through the department store with their friends. Hanni is the winner this time. When leaving the shopping centre she is suddenly accused of theft. She cannot explain how the garment got into her bag and fails to prove her innocence. Both girls must leave school.
Once the people of the Black Forest believed in good spirits. But now they want to dominate nature and only bring poverty into the country, while only few people wallow in money. Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner’s son, has fallen in love with Lisbeth, the daughter of a wealthy glassmaker.
High up in the Swiss mountains, in a secluded wooden hut, there is the home of withdrawn Alm-Uncle, Heidi’s grandfather. The eight-year-old orphan girl is to stay with him against his will. While Heidi immediately feels comfortable in the open country and soon befriends slightly older Peter the goatherd, it takes a while until Alm-Uncle becomes fond of his granddaughter.
Lilith, the pubescent daughter of the devil himself, is tired of only tormenting her private teacher in hell. She wants to go out into the world, feel action and prove that she can be really evil. Resignedly, her father gives in. However, Lilith is only allowed to stay among humans for one week. And her father determines the place and the person who she has to make do evil voluntarily.
The six short films are an entertaining way of making children familiar with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany. The focus of all films is the Grundmann family - 8-year-old Moritz, 14-year-old Linda, their parents Max and Ina and grandfather Konrad Schramm.
Katya Orlow comes from a famous ballet family. She has every chance of following in the footsteps of her late mother and that of her father Victor, who is still celebrated as a master dancer. At the moment she is training very hard to apply to the prestigious New York Ballet Academy. Then an accident happens ...
Luise Miller loves Ferdinand von Walter, the young major. A scandal, because this connection is not befitting social standing. Therefore, Ferdinands father determines the marriage with the mistress of the duke - Lady Milford. To lend stress to his demand, he locks up Luises parents.
Susanne is twelve and dreamy. In her spare time she escapes into her comic’s world. She wants to be a superhero herself, a superhero named Sue! In reality, however, Sue has the feeling of not being noticed by anyone, of being almost invisible to the conceited girls from her class, but mainly to her mother Maria. She is an ambitious scientist who only has her research on her mind.
Jim Button came to Morrowland by accident. No one on the island could explain the origin of the baby that the postman brought in a package one day. Mrs. Whaat has no idea, neither has Mr. Sleeve or the King – and not even Luke, the engine driver, who usually has an answer for everything.
Lummerland needs a lighthouse. That’s when Jim has an idea. The illusive giant Tur Tur might be standing on the shore with a lantern. Jim and Lukas travel with their locomotives to the Mirror Desert. But on the way the pirates of the Wild 13 lie in wait and kidnap the little locomotive Molly …
While growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp, 14-year-old Ali learned as a young boy to hate “the Jews”. Now his family, who lost everything in Lebanon during the war, has moved to Berlin. On his first day there, Ali discovers that a Russian man lives above them – ironically a Jew!
16-year-old Theo, heir to the throne, lives in a kingdom where plants are prohibited. He has a big problem: he is much too small and slender for his age. His father Dietrich, however, wants nothing more for his son than to become a great conqueror. To meet these expectations, Theo takes on all sorts of exertions.
Siblings Barbu and Mimma love the circus. They are outstanding artist themseves. In their Ukrainian village they regulary show their performances for the inhabitants. Because of lack of money the father sells both to unscrupulous Caruso. This guy promises to employ the kids in a Berlin circus. But even the way across the border is illegal.
After 14-year-old Krabat lost his mother in the turmoil of the Thirty Years War, he moves around as a begger. One night he rouses from his sleep. An inner voice lures him to a mysterious mill, and he follows the call despite all warnings. The very first moment when the miller opens the door, Krabat has a feeling of unease. The journeymen present all seem speechless.
Julia is 17, good-looking and tough. This is why she wants to be called Kroko. She hangs around with her gang and spends her time shoplifting, styling and going to parties. One night, she severely injures a cyclist in a joy ride and is sentenced to 60 hours of service in a community of disabled people.
“You are a single surprise,” says father Michael, a successful and well paid architect, to his son. Karl is hardly interested in anything beside his blog “The Language of Many Others”, in which he unscrupulously posts private shots of his family.
Twelve-year-old Flo’s life is shaken up when his family has to move. Until then they had lived in a quiet village in southern Germany, together with their faithful collie bitch Lassie. Now Flo’s father has lost his job and can no longer pay the rent. But pets are not allowed in the new flat and the annoying landlady Mrs Möller cannot be dissuaded from her opinion.
The forest animals suffer from a terrible water shortage. Their brook has dried up and now, to make matters worse, hedgehog girl Latte and Tjum the squirrel have broken the pumpkin, which contained their last water supplies, in a fight. Bear king Bantur is to blame for the drought because he stole the magic water stone. Well, this is what tousled Korp the raven claims. Nobody in the forest believes him, except hedgehog girl Latte.
Little Laura is very excited. She will fly to China with her parents. Her mother is to give a concert with a Chinese musician in the big Beijing Opera house. Laura and dad will be sitting in the audience - and with them, of course, her favourite friend, the star. But soon there are problems. For safety reasons, the star is not allowed on the plane.
After moving into another city seven-year-old Laura has difficulties finding new friends. One day she discovers a little star that has fallen down from the sky. She fixes a plaster with loving care - the beginning of a fantastic friendship. But Laura must learn to let the star go for love and to give it back to the universe because on earth it is threatened to become extinct.
Lena lives with her mother in a suburban neighborhood. The local narrow-mindedness and smugness burden the highly sensitive, creative 16-year-old very much, especially since she no longer gets on well with her longtime friend Nicole. One reason is certainly the fact that Lena's mother is having a secret affair with Nicole’s father, who lives opposite and makes a great husband outwardly.
In fact, Lilly is a normal girl. She quarrels with her little brother and meets her friends. Everything changes when suddenly Hector dragon flies into her room. He tells Lilly that she has been chosen as the successor to super witch Surulunda, who has grown old now and can hardly fend off the attacks of the evil sorcerer Hieronymus.
Based on the book written by the great Polish writer and educator Janusz Korczak, which was translated into many languages, eight-year-old Macius is in the centre of this film. His father, the wise and benevolent king, has died and the little prince is now to ascend the throne and take over government. Macius is hesitating.
Alexander, 13 years old, attends secondary school. He goes to the same class as his best friends Maulwurf and Lotte. Maulwurf is a tinkerer. He constantly invents new things. The mother-of-pearl colour is a very special creation. When you apply it on paper and leave it to dry, the paper appears to be almost transparent, with a special lustre.
Lola is eleven years old and lives with her mother Loretta on an old houseboat by the river. Actually, she could be quite happy if her father had not “vanished into thin air” two years ago. She often dreams that he comes back. She no longer goes to the hairdresser and lets her red hair, which her father liked so much, just grow. She still wears her old sneakers, even though they are all too small.
Ari and Oona, two 15-year-old girls, dream of an outbreak to freedom: moving away from their narrow-minded homes, from parents who sweep everything under the carpet. Ari’s mother, a cloth doll designer, simply does not want to see that her children are grown-up. Ari’s older brother Jonas responds to her clinging with various psychoses.
Jakob lives with his parents in a small town. His father is a shoemaker and his mother sells vegetables and herbs on the market. Jakob himself is a handsome, well-shaped boy. He likes to accompany his mother on the market. One day an old woman comes to their vegetable stand. After touching all the goods she rants and raves complaining about the allegedly poor quality.
14-year-old Jessika believes to be responsible for all of her family. The idyll of the cottage at the lake and a clear division of roles is very easy to handle. But suddenly things start to change. Her father loses his job. He does not know what to do with himself at home and starts spying on his daughters, Jessika and Caro.
Günther and Paul want to enjoy life to the full and without any compromises - they have the same attitude towards love. They spend the weekend in the country with Günther's sister Hilde. Paul is fascinated by the girl and falls in love with her. But Hilde loves many others. High on alcohol, music, ardent desire and their craving for life they are all caught up in the whirlpool of deadly events.
Maggi is 18 years old and has a baby, the eight month-old Lucy. The young woman broke the school, and lives separated from the father of her child, still with her mother. For not to have to renounce her leisure activities, Maggy often troubles friends or her mother to the babysitting, often with a lie.
Twelve-year-old Madison has set her mind on becoming as successful as her father Timo, a professional cyclist. Timo, who named his daughter after a discipline in track cycling, namely two-man team riding, often overtaxes Madison. Although she still has a year to go, she is scheduled to take part in the Federal German training camp this summer.
Nike lives with her father on a small farm near Hannover. Together with her best friend Suse she does an education at the foreign office. When Nikes father suffer from a heart attack, she takes the responsibility for the parental company. With a shock she notices that the farm stands almost before the concourse, and a large part of the harvest assistants engaged by the father lives illegally in Germany.
Valentin has always the same pictures on his mind: flying on his snowboard through the snowy mountains, the fall, the helicopter, the medic. Valentin was seriously injured, but his life could be saved. Now he is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. His life is determined by despair, self-pity and bitterness. Until his mother sends him to a theatre project for young people with disabilities.
Marta's mother is a ballerina. Finally, she got an engagement at the theatre. However, with this job, she has less time for her daughter. So Marta drives the first time in her life alone to grandfather Janosch. The prejoy is huge. Especially because he wanted to build a flighing wheel with her. The disappointment at the arrival is as big as the prejoin was.
Eleven-year-old Martin has no desire to spend his holidays in a nature camp. To make it worse with his stepbrother! But then he discovers mysterious forest spirits in the “wilderness”. They need his help, because their habitat is threatened by earth drillings.
Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes in the Universe
from 7 years
Although Matti’s father Sulo is from Finland, the family has never been there. So the ten-year-old wishes nothing more than to finally spend the summer in Sulo’s home. But his parents are lacking the necessary money and in addition, Matti’s universe currently seems to have some mistakes.
The Jew Shlomo Herzl is considered smart and shrewd. During the day, he sells bibles and shallow and indecent literature in the streets of Vienna. He spends his nights in a shabby refuge for homeless men in Vienna’s Blutgasse. Most of the time Shlomo surrounds himself with the absent-minded clarinet player Lobkowitz.
The area around Meteor Street in Berlin, right at Tegel Airport, is Mohammed’s new home. Together with his parents and much older brother Lakhdar he fled from the war in Lebanon. Since his parents were deported, the 18-year-old has been completely on his own.
Incredible! The twelve-year-old Ulja has discovered an asteroid that will crash into the earth in exactly four days in far-away Belarus. But the deeply religious grandma Olga thinks, that this is hellish stuff. However Ulja desperately wants to greet VR-24-1720 at the crash site.
Monika lives with her alcoholic mother in the country and has just finished school. Now she wants to learn to drive, but her eyesight is so bad that the eye doctor advises against it. But she absoluetly wants to drive and has a private eye surgery done in Poland. But the operation fails, and Monika has to accept the fact that she is gradually going blind. She cannot expect her mother to support her, on the contrary!
Based on the picture book classic by Tomi Ungerer, this animated film tells the story of the sad moon man who absolutely wants to visit the earth, because life in his silver ball is extremely boring. One day a comet flies by, and this fire ball takes him to the earth planet. There the little glowing man discovers flowers, butterflies and fish, he gets to know the children and floats down the river into the sea.
Peter, called Peterchen by everyone, is supposed to take care of his sister Anna. But the little one secretly runs away to help the maybug Sumsemann. He hopes to find his lost arm and his maybug woman on the moon. Therefore Peter has to travel into space, too …
“I can instantly think of 20 other people whom asthma would suit much better,” says 13-year-old Amelie, a cheeky lass from Berlin and the most stubborn girl in the world. But unfortunately, she of all people has caught this malicious, life-threatening disease.
Mr. Moll constantly quarrels with his boss, Mr. Stuss, who wants to squeeze ever higher profits out of the chocolate factory, to the detriment of his employees and especially at the expense of quality. Moll’s children Fritz, Evi and Willy, in turn, are chased and robbed by the Stuss siblings on their way to school every day.
Max and his father get on very well. Unfortunately they do not spend much time with one another. Max’ father owns a pharmacy. And when he is working, he forgets time. No wonder Max feels lonely and his desire to have a four-legged friend continuously increases. When father and son Sternheim make a trip to the farm of a friend’s family, Max’ dearest wish becomes true.
Tomorrow there will be a big party on the Mullewapp farm to celebrate Percy the pig’s birthday. His birthday cake has already been prepared and locked in the shed as a precaution by the animal inhabitants of the farm. The mere scent of this treat makes constantly hungry Percy so nervous that Charlie Rooster and Johnny Mouse have to lure him away from the farm on a bicycle tour.
Ellen’s father is a senior doctor, her mother the host of a TV talk show. So far everything has been all right. But now the parents want to separate. Ellen pretends to be cool, but the marriage crisis seems to affect her more than she admits. She suppresses her feelings by frequent and intense jogging. Ellen has nobody to turn to. She is an outsider at school.
In the middle of the North Sea tideland a 22-year-old is “on the move” – dressed only in briefs and a jacket, pulling a zinc bath with a plush rabbit behind. It is Barnabas, also called Simpel, mentally handicapped since his birth. He is lovingly cared for by his younger brother Ben.
All ten-year-old Marietta really wants is a dog. But her parents just don't want to buy her one because her little brother suffers from an animal hair allergy. With the help of a magic stone she fulfils her most fervent wish. Yet it's her little brother Tobias of all people who turns into the pet. A turbulent adventure story and mix-up comedy is developing from this constellation.
When the father quits his well-paid job at the bank to become an actor, his family is shocked. Only Zoë, his youngest daughter, believes in him. She coaches him for auditioning and in fact the father gets a role: He’s supposed to play the sausage in a commercial …
Millions of people know the Diary of Anne Frank. The Jewish girl, who fled with her family to Amsterdam after Hitler seized power, had to hide there from the Nazis since July 1942. For 761 days, Anne and her parents, her sister Margot, the van Pels family and the dentist Dr. Pfeffer lived in a hiding place in the secret annex of her father’s company.
A week’s holiday with the family by the sea! For Sam, it is a week full of mystery, happiness and sadness. He is greatly saddened by the thought that his parents and his older brother Jorre will die one day. Probably even before him because Sam is the youngest of the family. So he prepares himself for this painful moment.
Eight-year-old Sammy is very attached to his hamster Raffi. The animal is not only a farewell gift from his father, who now “fulfils himself” in Afghanistan as a doctor; Raffi is just very special. He can score goals like a pro and make Sammy laugh. When the little animal undergoes a heart surgery and has to be cared for at home, something terrible happens.
Lotta Petermann is eleven, has two parents and two brothers. This sounds quite normal, but it is not. Mother Sabine likes special offers and now works in the meditation studio of crazy Heiner Krishna. Father Rainer is a teacher and loves nothing more than his peace and quiet. And he is jealous of Krishna. The two stupid brothers run around the house all day, while Heester, the turtle, always stands in the way like an inverted bowl.
The prospective cook Paul dreams of culinary creations and most of all to travel to India to visit the grave of his father. Till now he believes, that his father died on an expedition. The truth is, that Paul is the result of an infidelity. His father lives in the same town, is married for 20 years and has a 19 years old daughter. Paul prepares a meeting by chance with his daughter Susa to win him back for himself.
Chubby, red-haired Stella adores her older sister Katja and emulates her zealously in every way. Katja is slim, ambitious and sporty. Every day the talented figure skater trains at the rink, and at home everything revolves around her and her sport. Stella diligently goes to the figure skating training too, although she does not like it.
13-year-old Nelly cannot really impress her friends by telling them she will spend her holidays together with her parents in Transylvania. To make matters worse, at their arrival in the Romanian city of Sibiu she learns that the family will move there in October. She is absolutely furious because her father Robert, an engineer who will build windmills in Transylvania, did not tell her about this before.
After years of separation, 15-year-old Sebastian suddenly appears on his father Marcel‘s doorstep. Decidedly averse to the idea, Sebastian has come to seek refuge in his father‘s dilapidated apartment in Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg. However, Sebastian‘s father - an unemployed country music fan - has quite enough problems of his own.
Helge Block has already exceeded the zenith of his life. But he still goes out on the sea every day in order to make a living for himself and his son. For some time already Helge has caught hardly any fish. And he cannot run any high risks with his boat, which is rather a nutshell. Gradually poverty moves in with the Block family.
A year ago Paul’s father discovered a huge cave in the Ursulenmountain. But nobody believed in him. Since then, the explorer has disappeared. Now Paul wants to prove that his father was right. Together with his friend Max he leaves for a dangerous hike.
Becky is almost thirteen years old. She lives with her alcoholic mother in a high rise housing for socially weak and unstable people. Every day the girl takes care of her three younger siblings. She takes the children to the welfare center, fetches them again, makes dinner. There is no father in the family.
This documentary long-term study of the Eichhorn family was made in Chemnitz from 2003 to 2008 and focuses on the second-born daughter Nora. Nora loves sucking the thumb of her her left hand, likes deep, growling noises and screams and laughs happily to herself. She was born with complex physical and mental disabilities and has to spend most of her time in a wheelchair or in bed.
Sixteen-year-old Maya is permanently involved in a suicide forum and imagines her own death, partly in romantic, partly in creepy selfie messages. She lets her imagination run wild and thus finds an attention on the internet that she otherwise misses in her life.
„Crash“ it‘s what they call him. Crash grew up with a scar on his face and a scar in his soul. When he‘s not out on the streets saving lives, he dreams. Of escaping. Of finding the young woman who always appears just before he wakes. One night, he comes face to face with the woman of his dreams: November is her name, her boyfriend has just died of an overdose, and she‘s a good eight months pregnant.
East Berlin in May 1974, one month before the beginning of the soccer world championship in the Federal Republic and just after the resignation of Willy Brandt: the world is divided into two rigid blocs of power. The border runs right through the middle of Germany. Alexander Karow, 19, is the son of a renowned chemistry professor from East Berlin.
Fast forward, flashback, no pause – Mauser experiences his life like a movie he is only just watching. He loves nothing except boxing. The 17-year-old lives in a prefab block of flats. His father and his stepmother have forced him to move out. In front of the house, there are some cliques and petty criminals, including Condor, with whom he attends an illegal party.
Summer 1980: The Berlin Bhagwan follower Amrita moves with her children, Lili and Fabian, twelve and nine years old, and the other residents of their shared apartment to an old farm house south of Munich. This is the end of the peaceful tranquility in the typical Bavarian village of Talbichl, as red-orange-colored, flowing robes collide with traditional costumes, primal scream therapy and free love with shooting club rules and conservative values.
Six years ago, eight-year-old Oskar and his 13-year-old sister Lilli fled Chechnya with their mother. In the meantime, the children regard Vienna as their new home and speak fluent German. But now the family is to be deported. Out of desperation, the already severely traumatised mother attempts suicide and is admitted to a psychiatric clinic.
17-year-old high school student and amateur rapper Oliver always has arguments with his German teacher Selma Vollrath. This time she gave him the bottom mark because he interpretated the famous Goethe novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther“ in rap style. Disappointed and angry he leaves the classroom. At that moment, a note falls out of his booklet. When Mrs Vollrath reads it, she sounds the alarm.
Richie is a scaffolder, in his mid-twenties, athletic and a smart guy. He enjoys his job and he loves his pretty girlfriend Hannah above all else. He shares a common passion with his two best mates Nonne and Paule: Parkour. For Richie, parkour running is both relaxation from his stressful job and a way to overcome various urban obstacles in the most direct route.
Quite a bit has changed in the life of deeply talented Rico: His new friend Oskar is now wearing a woolen cap instead of a motorcycle helmet and has moved in with Rico at his address of “Dieffe 93”. Mother Tanya and Simon Westbühl are really in love and have just left for a romantic holiday. Mr von Scherten often comes to see Mrs Dahling, and now the grouchy neighbor Fitzke has died.
Shortly before Christmas, a wild snowstorm rages across the country, so Pettson and tomcat Findus cannot leave their small, red wooden house. But so much has to be done for the feast! The larder is empty, the Christmas tree has not yet been felled and no gifts have been made.
Pettson and Findus – A Little Nuisance, A Great Friendship
from 4 years
Old Pettson lives all alone on a small farm in Sweden, where he spends his time tinkering and feeding his hens. Just as he is about to invent a machine for sweeping up breadcrumbs from the table, he is visited by his neighbour, Beda Andersson. She has a present for him: a box with lots of paper and ... a little tomcat. She has found him terribly frightened in the woods and saved him from Gustavsson’s hunting dog.
Kevin is new to the prison. He shares communal cell number 10 with Tommy, Andy and Marc. Kevin notes very quickly that this is a community of convenience based on the survival of the fittest. Kevin has to subordinate himself. Repression and fighting happen again and again. Kevin fears he might not withstand the humiliations of his cellmates.
Paul, sixteen years old, stands after the suicide of his father absolutey abrupty in front of the door of his relationship. The joy was not very big, because there were a lot of arguments in the past between the families. However, Paul may remain. After initial difficulties, normality slowly moves back in the everyday life.
Geppetto, a poor old toymaker, is flabbergasted when he sees a piece of pine wood marching directly into his house. Instead of using it as firewood, he cuts a puppet out of it. The next morning, this puppet is vitally alive jumping around the room. Geppetto names him “Pinocchio” and cares for him like a father. But loveable Pinocchio is also quite stubborn.
They grew up with their mothers, share the same interests and are inseparable: Klara, Mina and Tanutscha - just 15 years old. The girls love parties and “the prince bath“, for them “the princess bath“. However, their past has not been princess-like. It has been characterized by the uncouth manners of people in their residential area, their families and the fight for acknowledgment.
Beautiful, high-born and above all a good catch – this is how the queen imagines her son’s future wife. But Prince Himmelblau has a mind of his own and wants to choose his bride himself. He therefore goes out into the world with his squire Fred. In a meadow on the edge of the kingdom, he meets charming, but shy fairy Lupine, who is picking flowers with her sister Elli and her pony Alfonse for the fairies’ summer festival.
The fairytale staging of Bad Tölz puppet theatre is part of the puppet show, which consists of several puppet theatre plays from Germany, produced for the big screen with a 3D technology specially tailored to children’s eyes. Pepperl received a bad mark at school and therefore has to clean up the attic, where he finds the “book of the 1000 secrets”.
City rabbit Max, who lives in an old supply shaft, can only laugh at the picture book “The Rabbit School”. This is kid stuff and nothing for him! He will soon belong to the “crazy rabbits”, the coolest gang in the neighbourhood. But due to a crash landing, Max finds himself in exactly this picture book’s rabbit school.
The story behind the TV series: Six young people – all seriously ill – form the Red Bracelets Club at Albertus Clinic in Cologne. First there is Leo, a life-affirming, happy teenager who loves to play on the football ground. But unbearable pains in his leg force him to see a doctor. He is diagnosed with bone cancer and has to undergo chemotherapy.
On the way for the weekend visit with the grandparents Leonies family has a car accident. The work becomes divided immediately. The father has to go on foot to get help. The mother and the small brother make a fire. Only the 11-year-old Leonie stands besides. She hikes through the area and discovers a cave. At its entrance it is greeted by a frog as a "Red Riding Hood".
1930s: Branko lives only with his mother. She often tells her son about his father, a traveling musician. When his mother dies, Branko sets out to look for his father. His search begins in a Croatian coastal town. He has the photograph of a hotel in town where his father often played. But people chase the alleged begging boy away. At the fish market, he sees a small fish on the ground.
“If I was afraid of something, would it do any good?” asks adventurous, always cheerful Rocca. The eleven-year-old does not let anyone talk her into anything; she only trusts her mind and her heart. The girl, whose mother died during childbirth, grew up in the ESA Space Centre in Kazakhstan, where her father was trained as an astronaut.
Fifteen-year-old Julia is a gifted pianist. She has won the Robert Schumann competition. Her parents, the father is a conductor and the mother an awardwinning classical pianist, project a promising future for Julia as a concert musician. Therefore, they take their daughter to "Amadeus" music boarding school.
Once again, Jana has overstepped her limits and has to be taken to hospital with emergency lights flashing. The 17-year-old has a congenital heart defect and urgently needs to “shift down into first gear”. This is what her doctor thinks, who also recommends another operation.
1982 in a German provincial town: Shy Sebastian is a loner. Equipped with his tape recorder he walks through the forest to record rare bird sounds. No suitable hobby to impress girls – as customary at his age. When he befriends punk Debbie and Hubertus, the singer of the “Rebels” rockabilly band, his life changes abruptly.
”It's hard to live in your grandmother’s house,” says 16-year-old Gwendolyn, especially since all members of her rich large family consider themselves to be very special. Mysteriously they talk about a time-travel gene, which is inherited through the generations and Gwendolyn's smug cousin Charlotte of all people is supposed to have it!
Srulik is almost nine years old when his escape from the Warsaw Ghetto begins. His adventurous way leads through vast, impassable forests and past lonely farms. His food is the fruits of the forest, small animals and insects. Weakened by hunger and cold, one day he knocks on the door of the single farmwoman Magda.
Sami, Joe and Leyla are best friends and inseparable. With the long-awaited end of their school years, the summer of their life begins – parties, boys and self-employment. The teenagers are taking it all out. But an experience becomes an ultimate test for them.
Summer 1968: While student riots and protests against the Vietnam War usher in a new era of freedom in Germany, rebellious 14-year-old Wolfgang is sent to a reformatory for maladjusted children by his brutal, jealous stepfather. Against the mother’s will, a "decent" boy is to be made out of her son in the diaconal institution “Sanctuary”.
Darek lives in a Czech village in the border triangle of the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, where he attends the 9th form. After his mother’s death, he has to look after his eight-year-old, mentally handicapped sister Ema and his father, who has difficulty coping with the loss of his wife and is increasingly seeking consolation in alcohol.
“Candy Bomber” – this is the name obese Cindy is contemptuously called by her father, who believes his daughter is capable of hardly anything. And Danny, her pretty crazy childhood friend, says that her parents would have preferred to have the caretaker’s child, who was already born dead. Cindy is 18 years old and lives in Schönefeld, a suburb of Berlin, near the major BER airport.
“We respect ourselves and everyone else. We do not hurt anybody – neither by word nor by action.” – These are two of the many rules in the “Forest House”, an open penal institution for juvenile offenders, where Ben, who was imprisoned in a juvenile detention centre due to a number of robberies and grievous bodily harm, is given a unique opportunity for a new beginning.
21-year-old Sebastian feels shattered and finished. When he took his A-levels two years ago, the world looked quite different to him. But now, he has stayed behind all his friends and acquaintances who are going their way. Only Sebastian still does not know what he wants to become. He considers whether he would like to study, and if so, what. But Sebastian has a much more serious problem.
Single by Contract (Groupies Never Stay for Breakfast)
from 10 years
Self-confident Lila has just returned from an exchange year in the U.S.. Shortly after her arrival in Berlin, she meets attractive Chriz in the Botanical Garden and falls in love with him. However, she has no idea that Chriz is the lead singer of "Berlin Mitte", one of the most popular German bands, and causes states of true mass hysteria among his female fans including her younger sister Luzy. Chriz has also got it bad.
Asal and Zoe are best friends and spend their last summer together before their lives begin in earnest. Asal wants nothing more than to have a boyfriend and Zoe dreams of becoming a make-up artist. But in reality things are very different: Zoe has to work in a grocery store for the summer, Asal will go to secondary school in the fall. The goal for their summer break is soon set: Asal has to lose her virginity and become a woman!
Eight-years-old Emil’s biggest dream is to own a dog. Because his father is not willing to give him the money for his little friend, Emil starts to assume an odd job in a joinery. When he finally raised the necessary money on his own, it happened a giant argument in the family. Dog Skundi, named after the grandfather’s loyal companion, is not allowed to be in the house.
After her father’s death, little Snow White is completely at the mercy of her self-loving stepmother. The queen, who wants to be the most beautiful woman in the whole country, has the graceful girl locked up in a tower so no one can see her anymore. But the older Snow White becomes, the more rebellious she is.
The popular tale by the Brothers Grimm is set in the Thirty Years’ War. Snow-White and Rose-Red have long lived alone with their mother. Their father was sent into a battle when the children were young. Now his daughters have grown into confident young women who can tackle problems and are not afraid of anything.
13-year-old Radost lives with her father Bruno. So far, they have always got on well. But now she is coming of age, while her dad has remained a child. Bruno has an innate intelligence weakness and is mentally disabled. During the day he fills shelves in a supermarket and Radost goes to high school, where she is one of the best in class.
The hip hop fan and singer Janek talks really too big: To hush an affair with his best friend’s sister, he admits getting persuaded to organize the biggest party of the town within 24 hours. Together with Jamie he has not only to hire together the whole equipment, but also to overcome larceny and profiteering. In the last seconds of the showdown appears the 5 Amoks – likely the best break-dancer of the world.
Lena is 17 and pretty tough. She still lives with her mother, who has just chucked her job with a disgusting used car dealer. Lena also dropped out of school and has a cleaning job in a large office. There she meets Muslim Farid and falls in love with him, although she does not really care about “Arabs”.
1979, Falkenwerder near the inner-German border: Fred and Jonas are ten years old and close friends, although their parents are so fundamentally different. While Jonas’ mother believes in God, goes to church and is critical of the policies of the GDR government, Fred’s father works with the customs, proudly shows his uniform and his belief in socialism.
Tobi and Achim are 17 and inseparable. They train in Starnberg rowing club preparing for a summer camp und regatta. While Tobi wants to spend his time with Achim, the latter dreams of finally having sex with Sandra. In the camp they meet the "Queerschlag" rowing club from Berlin who confidently appear as a gay team. Complicated relationships are in the offing.
Paul and Raimond are partners. They perform together in a magic show. But Raimond’s best times are long gone. He used to fill big halls, whereas today he only just has some gigs in the old people’s home. Since his wife died his life has gone off the rails. He often takes to the bottle. Money is scarce and he seems to drown in self-pity and mourning.
Actually, Alex always thought that everything was in order at home. However, shortly before the summer holidays his parents announce that they will get divorced. The 15-year-old feels the ground fall from beneath his feet. Steffen, his father, moves in with his much younger secretary, who is pregnant. Diana, his mother, wants to live with the actor Seth in southern England.
Jo is a girl in Kenya and dreams of a superhero life as „Supa Modo“. But she has cancer and is terminally ill. Her mother Kathryn takes Jo home from the clinic. But Jos big sister Mwix feels that Jo misses the friends from the clinic and their games. Thatʼs why the two secretly make trips to the village.
15-year-old Elisa suffers greatly from the separation of her parents. She now has to move to a council flat in Berlin-Neukölln with her mother. The young people at her new school behave quite differently from those living in the tranquil neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city. Elisa reacts to her stress and loneliness with fainting spells and is soon declared a victim by the boys in her class.
The brothers Mihai and Emil, Romanian-Germans living in Arad, have very little in common other than the concern for their sick father. Mihai, the elder seems to feel at ease in Ceaușescu’s Romania, where he works as a doctor and, although half-heartedly, as a spy for the state power.
Tom Sawyer's best friend, Huck Finn, is the focus of this film based on the world-famous youth book by Mark Twain. Since the two recovered a valuable treasure during their last adventure in the small Mississippi town of St. Petersburg, they have been rich. Huck is living with Miss Watson and the good-natured widow Douglas, and he even goes to school.
This remake of the classic French fairy tale by GabrielleSuzanne de Villeneuve is about Elsa, the beautiful innkeeper’s daughter. Her father Hugo has had financial worries for quite some time. There is great poverty in the country and hardly anyone can afford a sip of wine in the tavern. In order to pay the overdue rent, Hugo is forced to go to town and sell the last memory of his late wife and Elsa’s mother, namely her jewelry.
Ticino, in the 19th century. Giorgio grew up in a poor peasant family. When his mother has an accident and urgently needs a doctor, his father is faced with a difficult choice: either he lets his wife die, or he sells his son to a child trafficker. Giorgio, who can not watch his mother suffer, agrees to go along with a man called Luini.
Marie and Inga have been friends for a long time and experience the same problems and joys as other girls their age. Yet they are very different in one way. The two passionate music-lovers are blind. In the boarding school being blind is no problem. However, beyond this security, in the world of the "viewers", everything seems to be a bit more complicated.
Father Brenner is planning to spend their holidays on castle Canterville with his family. In reality he has to assess the value of the castle and to buy it off from the owner of the castle, MacQuarrie by order of his boss. There is only one problem: Sir Simon de Canterville, the ghost of the castle, who is doomed to haunt on the strength of a flood of the century.
Hannah is 16 years old and lives with her mother and the younger brother in Schlitz, a small village close to Bad Hersfeld. Even when the 18-year-old Elmar and Hannah kiss each other for the first time, alarm sirens howl. By an incident in the nuclear power station only 80 km away radioactivity has resigned which blows now in form of a cloud in the direction of Schlitz.
The suburb crocodiles are cool. Each gang member wears a crocodile tag that is only granted after a test of courage. Hannes wants to belong to the gang. He manages to climb the roof of the old dilapidated brick factory. He finds the tag, but then it slips from his hand. When Hannes tries to reach for it again, he slips off and clings to the gutter, which cannot carry the burden for long.
BOOM! With a loud crash, the Crocodiles find themselves in a tunnel leading to an abandoned mine. What a lucky find: It’s the perfect location for their new headquarters. Hannes, Kai, Maria, Frank, Jorgo and Peter waste no time in getting their new HQ shipshape. Here they’ll be safe from prying eyes and uninvited guests.
Sebastian is disappointed. Work has once again priority for his father, a restorer in Dresden's historic "green treasure vault". Art treasures listed as missing since 1945 have been discovered in a bricked up cellar. Yet the expected dagger of Batu Khan is not among them. Sebastian and his friends find evidence on the internet that the dagger is to be stolen.
In 1986, Niels moves after his parents’ divorce with his mum Hanne to a municipality not far from the nuclear power station-building site. For Hanne it is a step to a new world. But Niels feels unwell in this unusual surrounding area. When Hanna has a liaison with Peter, the guru of the municipality, Niels rebels.
Based on the eponymous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, this film tells the story of a boy who is born under a lucky star: Felix. The midwife predicts that good forces will always take care of him and later he will even marry the princess. When King Ottokar learns about this, he seeks the boy’s life. Whatever the injustice, whatever the danger Felix is exposed to, everything in his life turns for the good.
Shadows flit across the rooftops. The Rooftop Gang races through the city showing cool parkour tricks. They overcome any wall by doing somersaults, they kick the football with daring stunts and spectacular passes through the narrow streets and show passers-by what real street football is.
Childhood is over for 11-year-old Jakob. Father Jürgen and mother Silke are unemployed and have long since capitulated to their alcohol problems. Violence, vociferous dispute and tender moments alternate in the family. Grandma Rosemarie is the only one who seems to gives the chaotic life of the family a bit of comfort.
For 200 years the Elfkins have been living under the pavement of Cologne. To this day, they have not forgotten the sneaky act of the curious seamstress with her peas. “Humans are mean, ungrateful and far too tall” say the Elfkins, preferring to accept darkness. But cheeky, somewhat chaotic Elfkin girl Helvi finds it pitch-dark and dead boring down there.
Benny is new in the town and still has no friends. Often he roams through the near forest, which has a silent sea inside. One day the boy discovers an injured otter in the coppice. When Benny wants to save him, he meets the obnoxious Malte his gang, who hunt after the animal. Benny flees with the otter in an old empty shack.
Emmental, in the 1950s: Twelve-year-old orphan boy Max from a children's home is placed into the Bösiger farmer family as a foster boy. From 1800 to 1950, the authorities in Switzerland officially sent foster children, mainly orphans or children of divorce, to interested persons, mostly farmers, who exploited them as cheap labour, maltreated and abused them.
Yunes, 22 years, a student in Berlin, born in Yemen, just disappears. Without any notice, without a word of goodbye. Chris, his German flatmate is getting worried. He remembers the wonderful moments of thei friendship but also his friend's fits of rage that startled everyone. Chris starts looking for his friend. Yunes remains untraceable.
One shooting star night something falls through Sven's window, rolls under his bed an cheeps. Suddenly it changes into an excitingly lively hologram - the exact image of Sven's soft toy rabbit. The holly requires healthy food and assigns a difficult task. In just five days Sven has to find two other hollies. They can only leave the earth together, or they will die.
Right at the beginning of the film we see Tom with an umbrella. But it is not raining at all. Tom has a very pronounced rain phobia, even a tiny little shower makes him hide away in the house. But that's not all. All his life he has been plagued by numerous allergies. And he is very shy. The reason for Tom's strange behaviour is his family, especially his mother.
The film takes us back to the year 1942: The Second World War has shaken and destroyed Europe for three years already. The Jewish population is deported and killed in Germany and the occupied territories. In Berlin, the capital of the “Third Reich”, however, 7,000 Jews try to hide and stay under the radar of Gestapo, SS and denouncers.
The Legend of Timm Thaler or the Boy Who Sold His Laughter
from 8 years
Tim Thaler lives in Berlin in the 1920s and has a special gift: he can infect other people with his wonderful laughter. Rich Baron Lefuet, who watches Tim and his father at a horse race, absolutely wants to possess this laughter. It would make it much easier for him to manipulate people.
Every night, with the twelfth stroke of the clock, the little ghost of owl stone castle wakes up and goes exploring. At one o’clock sharp – without meaning to – he is dead tired and falls asleep in his oak crate in the attic. But the little ghost would love to haunt the castle at daytime. His friend, the eagle owl Shuhu, can not help either. He only knows that every ghost has a clock that governs his time.
Penguin Caruso does not have it easily at the North Pole. He feels terribly lonely, because his fondest wish is to get a nicely penguin-girl. So he exercises on snow figures, how to speak to the woman of his dreams, day in and day out. But with his steady humming, the waddling tailcoat wearer is a thorn in the side of the bad polar bear Kalle.
The little witch hates prohibitions. So she violates all the strict witch rules by secretly making contact with human children, not adhering to the strict Friday witchcraft ban and even planning to fly to the Walpurgis festival on Blocksberg mountain. Although she is far too young for it at her age of 127 years, two months and 22 days!
A small town in the province of Westphalia, summer of 1960: Max does not like the idea that his older brother Arnold presumed dead could still be alive. His parents had to leave behind Arnold, their first-born son, when fleeing from the East in the last winter of the war.
There is great excitement in the forest. The moon has disappeared! Badger, frog, duck and ladybird are in the dark. It is really pitch dark. Suddenly they discover that a bright light shines in moonbear’s house. How is this possible? While the others worry about the moon which disappeared, moonbear and the moon sit peacefully at the table and play draughts.
Cyril has gained some fame at his school – unfortunately only for being “the biggest nose” far and wide. Not even his classmates sense that there is a real rapper behind what they see as an unspectacular façade. One who happens to come off as the winner in the secret battles of his city, who makes the audience scream and amazes the girls.
Nicki gets into trouble. By chance, the sheet of music containing Ludwig van Beethoven’s last unfinished composition ends up in the school bag of ten-year-old Nicki. This piece of music is called “Morphus“ and according to Fama, its melody has magical forces. Nicki does not suspect anything of that when he goes on a winter holiday with his father and takes the sheet with him.
It is Christmas in the Stahlbaum family home. Like every year, Marie and her younger brother Fritz are looking forward to Christmas Eve, the silver sparkling Christmas tree and their godfather Anselmus, who brings them especially nice presents. This time it's a magic box with a "sugar world" full of music and mechanical figures, as well as a nutcracker hidden by Anselmus under the tree.
The small town of Smelliville with its huge garbage dump is getting new residents, specifically a whole Ogglie family. The green creatures love the stench and live off garbage. That way they can solve Smelliville's waste problem. However the money-grubbing building tycoon Hammer has other plans.
On a normal day Jan Olav meets the orange girl. She is standing in a tram, loaded with a bag of oranges. He falls in love at once. But as quickly as the stranger turned up, so suddenly the fairylike girl disappears again. The beautiful girl appears like a fantastic phenomenon and disappears again, until Jan Olav is no longer sure whether she actually exists.
Rico is “lowly gifted”, as he says about himself. He sometimes loses the golden thread - or was it blue or green? He lives with his single mother in a block of flats in Dieffenbachstraße 93 in Berlin. They play bingo on Tuesdays. The bingo balls even roll in Rico’s head, and one of them happens to fall out from time to time. The summer holidays are here, at last.
Since their last great adventures, ten-year-old “deeply gifted” Rico and highly gifted Oskar two years his junior are best friends. Now Oskar stays overnight at the Doretti’s home for the first time. To mark the occasion, they go to a pizzeria and afterwards, they attend the weekly bingo at the retirement home of the “grey bumblebees”.
The “Peppercorns” – that is eleven-year-old Benny, his friend and fellow pupil Mia and more or less her younger sister Alice too. The junior detectives have already solved a lot of tricky cases in Hamburg. Now they have to investigate during their class trip in South Tyrol.
The holidays get off to an exciting start for Tarun and his girlfriend Alice, because top secret documents are stolen from Tarun's mother Jaswinder's research base in Ireland. As a dedicated marine researcher, Jaswinder is working on a project that aims to reduce plastic waste in the oceans.
Mary lives with her parents on a farm in Northern Ireland. Although her parents work all day, the farm is not profitable enough for them to live a good life. The family is on the verge of ruin. So the parents have neither leisure nor patience to listen to their 11-year-old daughter’s dreams. The girl fervently wants to convince her parents of her hobby, but deep inside she has already given up.
One day the robber Hotzenplotz dares to steal the coffee grinder of the grandmother. There is no more hold for Kasperl and Seppel. They want to procure the coffee grinder for the grandmother again, waylay for the Hotzenplotz and become by a misfortune even prisoners. One is sold to the magician Petrosilius Zwackelmann and the other must slave in the den of robbers.
Since time immemorial, Sandman has lived in the land of dreams – where everything people dream on earth lives on as soon as they wake up. Every evening, when the moon dogs soar into the dreamland sky, Sandman sets out on his way to the waking world in order to spread his magic dream sand and thus get the children off to sleep.
Ida has to get used to the new class. But then she receives a magical little fox from the teacher and her classmate Benni gets the turtle Henrietta. By the time a thief is up to mischief in the school, the four are becoming true master detectives.
Lusatia, at the end of the Thirty Years’ War: the little orphan Krabat has to make a living on his own. People call him names, such as “loafer” and “goodfor-nothing”. Until he passes a poor shepherd's house on his way to Eutrich and the shepherd’s wife takes him in. Krabat has finally found a home again. In summer he tends goose and goat, and in winter he goes “collecting the oven interest”, as the Sorbs say, i. e. begging.
“He should govern and not ruin,” say the people about their king. For King Charles does not rule, he mourns. He has been mourning for the past ten years. So not only the people in his kingdom suffer, but also his twelve daughters. Only at night, when they mysteriously disappear and dance their silver shoes to pieces, the princesses are happy.
Stalinstadt, autumn 1956: On a secret visit to West Berlin, the high school graduates Theo and Kurt watch dramatic pictures of the Hungarian popular uprising in the newsreel. While the term “struggle for freedom” is used here, this uprising is officially called a “counterrevolution against the socialist state power” in the GDR, where hardly any of the Hungarian claims are made public.
Malte lives with his alcoholic father in his hometown of Ahlbeck, a vacation resort near the Polish border on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom and works in a fish bar and earns a little extra on the side smuggling cigarettes over the Polish border. He wants to leave this place. The sooner the better. But two things are holding him back: his father, an alcoholic, and the return of his sister with his nephew.
The neighbourhood kids Kay and Gerda are inseparable. Not a minute goes by without them having thought of one another. Now at the beginning of winter, Kay has even built a heated wooden house for Gerda’s roses, so they can flourish even in the cold season. And winter comes with all its might because the Snow Queen already sends snow storms and iciness across the country.
In search of work, destitute Valentin arrives in a town that is currently ravaged by a plague of rats. Shortly afterwards, all the rats have disappeared – through the power of Ambrosius the magician. By chance, he is looking for an apprentice. But at the entrance examination Valentin is tricked by his clever competitor Katrina, and therefore he has to stay with the benign pharmacist Zacharias.
The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
from 9 years
The two potter sons Michel and Casper are out in the forest collecting wood late in the evening. While Casper, the older brother, is afraid of the “haunted” moor nearby, Michel is not afraid of anything or anyone! But he would love to know what fear “feels” like. His father also thinks that fear is important because “you can only realize a danger if you fear it”.
This is not a film about fashion or models. The thin girls are eight young women from 18 to 29. They have been suffering from anorexia for long. This is the deliberate denial of all food, which can lead to starvation. The women suffer from this disease and try to fight it. Sometimes this fight seems to be a cry for help. Director Maria Teresa Camoglio has visited a clinic for eating disorders.
The twin princesses Amalindis and Zottel could not be more different: first-born Amalindis is dutiful and well-behaved; the second-born, called Zottel by everyone, is wild and closely connected to nature. Since Zottel is so different, King Goderic cannot stand her. But he has great plans for Amalindis, who attends to his every whim and fancy.
1782: Secretly the 21-years-old military docotor Friedrich Schiller rides to Mannheim. The premiere of his drama "The Robbers" will be held. He experiences a huge success and is fascinated by the extraordinary world of the theatre. He flees in the exciting and scheming life at the court of Mannheim and the National theatre.
Themba lives in a shabby round hut with his mother Mandisa and his younger sister Nomtha in a small village in southeastern South Africa. Their father has gone missing in a mine. The talented teenager dreams of a career as a soccer star. His alleged uncle Luthando, who has suddenly appeared, seems to encourage his plans.
This summer it is supposed to happen: their first time! The two 14-year-old friends Nini and Jameelah decide this at the end of the school year. The two girls live in a tower block housing estate in Berlin and have known each other since they were four years old.
This animated film is based on the popular children’s book “Hannes Strohkopp” by Janosch, who celebrated his 80th birthday on 11 March 2011. Hannes Strohkopp has a problem, no, actually two: He is anxious, and at school there is always trouble with teacher Birkenpappel. Hannes has failed his math exercise again. As a punishment, the whole class has to write a test, which really annoys the gringos, three particularly nasty classmates.
When the friends Ben, Jonas, Özzi, Leo and Sophie set out on a study trip with their class, none of them suspects that this trip might soon turn into a highly dramatic adventure that leaves them 59 minutes to prevent a disaster of unprecedented scale. Just after their arrival in the supposedly boring city of Hildesheim, a bomb explodes during their visit to the cathedral.
Mel lives with her father and her brother Knut. Much to their chagrin, the 22-year-old behaves in a very boyish way. Knut has repeatedly encouraged his sister to go out looking for a partner. Mel cannot stand this any longer. She asks her Portuguese colleague Nuno to pretend for a fee to be her boyfriend. He agrees, and Mel introduces him at the next opportunity as her “boyfriend Miguel from Faro”.
The remake of the classic youth book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain from 1876 is also set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg on the Mississippi river, where cheeky and ingenious Tom lives with his half-brother Sid and their strict and pious aunt Polly. His best friend is the orphan boy Huck Finn, who lives in a barrel on the outskirts and is constantly on the hunt for adventures, just like him.
The world-famous classic “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain served as a model for award-winning author and screenwriter Rudolf Herfurtner, who transferred the story for this movie to Bavaria in the period shortly after the Second World War. Thomas Sojer, called Tom, has lost his parents during the war and now lives with his aunt, who supports him and her own son with sewing.
A year ago, 16-year-old Luca Reich shot two people in her school. Now the trial begins. But she is silent. How do her parents, her boyfriend, relatives of the victims and the people around her deal with this monstrous act, how can life go on in this small town? Who finds the answers to all the unanswered questions? Her father is keen to forget and not let his marriage break up.
Eleven-year-old Toni lives with his mother Maria and his dog Strupp in the gold panner’s house situated near the river at a distance from the village. Some years ago the house belonged to Toni’s grandfather who actually panned gold there. The villagers did not like this. They accused him of wanting to become rich without honest work.
Tony Wagemans is almost ten years old and lives with his parents in an old house surrounded by cranes. His father Gilles is a popular crane operator, who rightly claims that a crane is his third arm. He is also head of the firm Wagemans & Co. and newly appointed Minister of Transportation. But due to this position, he has little time for his family.
Together with his parents and his older sister Isa, almost twelveyear-old Ben has to leave his home village because Niederkirchbach will soon be eaten up by a huge brown coal opencast mine. His only consolation is the Düren football team, for which he, a gifted striker, has already registered. In his new school, however, Ben is stamped as being an outsider.
15-year-old Michael moves from the Berlin noble quarter village Zehlen in the social focus Neukölln. In the new school he is classified as soon as light prey for the dreaded Erol and his gang. And so it also comes. He is beaten up and must pay regularly protection money, until Michael meets the drug dealer Hamal. He signs on him as a drug courier.
“You’re born a serf, you die a serf and you spend your whole life as a serf.” – This is the hard lot the family of poor peasant boy Trenk, as well as many of the other villagers have to bear. They suffer under the rule of the merciless knight and feudal lord Wertolt who collects almost all their yields. When Trenk’s father Haug cannot pay the required charges Wertolt throws him into the dungeon without much ado.
Umut, a twelve-years-old Turkish boy from Stuttgart, talks nineteen to the dozen, wants to become a policeman, sometimes even a secret agent or a bodyguard. But he is not as confident as he seems because in reality he is teased and put under pressure by his big brother’s gang. They force him to rip people off and to steal mobile phones. One year older Luka of all people is his first victim.
Ten-year-old Sasha is very skilled in repairing bicycles and makes exciting sound recordings together with his girlfriend Elli. But otherwise he is a real nuisance. Sasha is impatient and often freaks out, nicks things in the supermarket from time to time and lies to his mother frequently. At school he has great difficulties too, especially in reading and writing.
Under the Sand – The Promise of Freedom (Land of Mine)
from 16 years
Denmark, in May 1945: The Second World War is over and with it the five year occupation of Denmark by German troops. Now the traces of the war must be eliminated, especially the more than two million mines that Hitler and his high command had buried on the west coast of the country.
Luke takes his life easy. Life is a game, a big party. He is young, good looking and popular with the girls. His priorities in life are clearly set: clothes, women, and he himself. His friend Meike paves his easy way of life even more: Luke lives in her flat. She tidies up for him, runs the household and puts in a good word for him with his boss.
The translator Fariba is in danger of being killed in her native country Iran, after her affair with a woman was found out through the vice squad. She succeeds in escaping to Germany. In the depot at the airport in Frankfurt, her application for political asylum is rejected; every hour she must reckon with her depor- tation. The suicide of an Iranian fellow inmate opens a dramatically way.
Silvania and Dakaria are twins and twelve years old. But not only that. They are half-vampires because their more than 2000 years old father Mihai is a vampire. Their mother Elvira is a "normal" woman and comes from Germany. She would like to return there, so the whole family leave their home in Transylvania and move to the narrow-minded village of Bindburg, where the sisters have to conceal their vampire traits and adapt themselves to everyday human life.
Wadjda is twelve years old and lives with her parents in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. The lively and confident girl knows exactly what she wants - a bike for example, like the neighbour boy Abdullah. But cycling is not allowed for women and girls in the conservative Islamic country.
Rostock-Lichtenhagen, summer 1992: Three years after the political change in East Germany, the young men Stefan, Robbie and Goldhahn, all without a job, see no prospect for themselves. In their clique, they roam the bleak high-rise panel housing estate, mess with the police, shout Nazi slogans, and terrorize foreigners. Stefan's father Martin, a Social Democrat, has no influence on his son any more.
Steffi, Heinrich and Günther face the future with fear. They have few chances in their small town, moving away is too great a step. Uncertainty lurks everywhere. But they agree that there have to be some changes and that they themselves must change. Till has just dropped out of his apprenticeship as a painter. He does not fancy it any more. But he does not know either what he wants to do in future.
When Soheil‘s iranian family moves to Berlin-Wedding, he meets mainly young muslim people. His environment is shaped anti-semitic. In order to belong, Soheil does not tell his new friends that he is jewish. But how long can he deny his identity?
Berlin, February 1933: Hitler and the National Socialist Party clearly show their power. Even nine-year-old Anna notices this when at a carnival party, some boys do not dress up but simply appear in Nazi uniforms. Shortly afterwards, Anna’s father Arthur Kemper, a famous theatre critic, writer and Nazi opponent, receives a secret tip that the Nazis want to arrest him.
The young musician Max and his friends Joscha, Lukas and Fabio dream of finally making it big with their indie band called “Systemfehler”. They have already one big hit: “When Inge is Dancing”. Max has “borrowed” the name Inge from his greatest enemy: his classmate and eco-warrior Inge, who really grates on his nerves with her classical guitar plucking and precocious sayings.
Richy and Tim, both 16 years old, and 18-year-old Marco are three loners from a small East German town. Richy admires the strong, reserved Marco initially from a distance. When the opportunity arises, he wins Marco’s attention by expressing his interest in shifting glasses, martial arts and Satan visions.
Three friends David, Tino and Elyas call themselves "Keep Steel Burning" (KSB). They are a big-wig in the graffiti scene. When another crew appears in the city, a creative competition breaks out. To decide the duel for himself, the boys of KSB plan the big coup: They want to spray a Wholetrain, a whole city railroad train.
Ten-year-old Max is blond, overweight and wearing large, dark glasses. It is difficult to imagine him as an Indian boy. And yet an Indian heart beats in the “chieftain”, as he calls himself. When he learns that the Karl May festival at Wolfitz City is looking for an actor to play the part of Winnetou’s son, he absolutely wants to apply for this role.
Exactly on Christmas Eve eleven-year-old Kattaka learns that Daniel, with whom she has lived since her childhood days, is not her father. In fact, her biological father is a Russian sailor, whose name is Alexei and who does not even know he has a daughter. His ship has just berthed in the Polish port of Szczecin. Disappointed by her mother’s lie, Kattaka insists to be allowed to go and see her father immediately.
Summer of 1946 in East Prussia: One year after the end of the Second World War thousands of orphaned German children struggle to survive, such as 14-year-old Hans. His mother told him and his nine-year-old brother Fritz on her deathbed to battle their way through the Memel Territory to Lithuania, where there would still be farmers taking in German children.
Every day, Yakari the little Indian boy experiences many adventures with his friends Little Badger, Rainbow and the tribe’s dog, Droopy Ear. But Yakari wishes for nothing more than the friendship of Little Thunder, a wild pony which his tribe has been trying in vain to catch for a long time.
Adé grew up in Nigeria. When he was 16, his father was brutally murdered. The German mother moved back to Cologne with her children. D-Flame comes from Frankfurt/Main. When his single mother could not cope with him any more, she put him into a home. Mamadee spent her childhood in a village near Zwickau.
Twelve-year-old Veysel fled to Austria with his KurdishTurkish family and has lived in Vienna for a few months. His father, a guerrilla fighter, spent years in prison, his mother had to raise him and his older, now 18-yearold brother Mazlum, on her own. Here in Vienna, everything should be better now. But their father is usually at work, and their mother is on her own again having to face major problems in the new environment.
Dejan is a 26-year-old refugee from Bosnia living in Germany now. As a youth he experienced the first years of the war and has problems finding his way back to normal life. The images from the war torment him. His delusions are becoming more and more dominant. When he falls in love with Anna, he wants to escape from his "yugotrip".
“Someone said happiness is just a matter of proper perspective” says 17-year-old Lea and lists the advantages of her life: “Who has an own chauffeur service already at my age? Who goes around with 20 liters of private oxygen?” Lea suffers from cystic fibrosis, an incurable metabolic disease that has affected her lungs.
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