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Human traffickers roam the villages, recruit impoverished families and their children under false promises and sell the children as child slaves in the city. Nine-year-old Jhalki does all she can to free her brother from their clutches and does not let anyone stop her.
A single mother struggles to connect with her adopted teenage son, who she believes is gay. Worried that the vulnerable boy will fall victim to older men preying on young boys online, she takes it upon herself to guide him safely through this period of self-exploration by setting him up on a date.
Autumn 1983, in a small provincial Swabian village with a cemetery, an amusement arcade, a pizzeria and a “madhouse”: Frieder was admitted to this psychiatric clinic after a suicide attempt. Now he is “free” again and moves into his empty family home, the Auerhouse, together with his friends Höppner, Vera and Cäcilia.
Fleur wants to be a great artist like her grandmother. But at a school painting competition she struggles with the blank paper in front of her. It’s a story about the pressure of success, creativity struggles and being yourself.
When a flamingo hatches the other birds cannot believe their eyes: This new hatchling is blue instead of pink. The other flamingos decide to exclude him from the group, while he wants nothing more than to belong.
Kartomi is a little lout who likes to paint on everything he can lay his hands on in his town. One day he meets little stray dog Boxi. The boy and the dog become best friends. As a first good deed they clean the city from all graffiti. Soon they find a treasure map and together they embark on an adventure that takes them all over the city and its outskirts.
A trek of prairie schooners is on its way to the Wild West in 1863. The Canary family, led by their father, are seeking a better life, as are the other travellers. When the father dies in an accident, his twelve-year-old daughter Martha Jane has to take over the responsibility. This is a welcome challenge for the girl, who has never been much good at dolls and clothes.
During her night shift at a remote gas station, a female clerk agrees to help a man whose car broke down. While they both attempt to repair the vehicle, the driver’s intentions leave the young woman uncertain.
The newborn, light blue baby dragon has magical powers to make the world more colourful. Therefore, a magician has the little dragon kidnapped. But luckily, dwarf Alfred, a good-natured raccoon and fairylike Clara get in the way of the evil magician.
A mother and daughter spend their evening together in the living room. Mother works whilst her daughter is drawing. But when the kid finishes and starts to colour her drawing, she starts to think about what colour she should use.
A beautiful and delicate flower grows amidst the asphalt jungle. A street rubbish bin witnesses the mistreatment of the flower in the polluted public way. Concerned about her torment, the rubbish bin seeks a way to protect her.
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.
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.
The group of teenagers could not be more different, but all of them have little desire to go to a religious summer camp. Before their confirmation, they are to form their own small congregation and discuss the biblical paradise for a week in the countryside. Older, easy-going Juhani and young, fundamentalist Tiina are the leading pastors.
Eos plays quietly in his room. Disturbed by his father’s loud and angry voice, Eos stops playing and watch his father talking on the phone. Frightened, Eos runs away from his house while a storm rises ...
A day before his first confession, Enzo fears the worst after stealing a motorcycle emblem. He writes a list of his sins, but he has to overcome one more challenge: the owner of the motorcycle is the priest he will confess to.
School holidays, everyone storms out of the classroom. Four friends drift home and proudly tell where they go on vacation. Only one of the girls keeps quiet, because she doesn’t know: do they go away at all?
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.
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 ...
Jackie is the daughter of a curator working at the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. A Rembrandt painting from the 17th century showing a young woman named Oopjen Coppit has just been borrowed from Paris. Jackie is fascinated by the work. It almost seems as if Oopjen was alive and watching her.
Life is not easy for 15-year-old Sarah. She is being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local arcade and also has to take care of her brother, sister and manic-depressive mother. But when her drama teacher encourages her to use her volatile feelings for a stand-up comedy routine for the upcoming graduation ceremony, she quickly discovers her hidden talent.
The young detectives Maya and Jerry are currently in the doldrums and no assignment is in sight. They are all the more excited when a friend of theirs, police officer Randolph, entrusts them with an important case. Thief Ferdinand Fransson alias "Marzipan" has broken out of prison and is on the run!
Charlie is a gifted footballer despite his youth. Renowned clubs have already signalled an interest in him, lucrative contracts are in store. But what fills his father with unspeakable pride means nightmares and deepest uncertainty to the boy.
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.
Pep is 13. As every year, he spends his holidays in his grandmother's house in the country. There he meets again with his friends, who stir up the small town in the summertime. The gang includes Sara, who Pep is madly in love with. Every night the youngsters meet to play hide and seek or spin the bottle.
Lola is young and free. But she has had no contact with her father Philippe since she came out as a transsexual. When Lola’s mother Catherine dies, Philippe even makes sure that Lola is late for the funeral service and deprives her of the opportunity to bid a last farewell. She is feeling hurt and angry when she sets off home, the urn with her mother’s ashes being stowed in her luggage.
The men of the Rescue team are finally on holiday and are traveling on their yellow boat through the English Channel. The satellite phone is ringing; London’s famous clock Big Ben is broken and the Rescue team rushes to fix it.
Kleine Regisseure ganz groß: Das „Made by You“-Programm präsentiert 20 selbstproduzierte Kurzfilme von jungen Filmemachern aus Sachsen, die im Anschluss durch eine Experten-Jury bewertet werden. Wer wird wohl dieses Jahr einen Platz auf dem Podest ergattern?
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.
16-year-old Tom has mixed feelings about his change of school. He, who manoeuvres through life in a rather insecure and conformist way, only finds the strength to face this new challenge in the strong affection for his big brother Leo. Leo, the golden boy loved and admired by everyone, gives him tips, motivates him and is always there for him.
Ingredients: 1 Jew, 12 Germans, 50 ml culture of remembrance, 30 ml stereotypes, 2 teaspoons of patriotism, 1 teaspoon of Israel, 1 falafel, 5 stumbling blocks and a dash of antisemitism. Put all ingredients into a film, bring it to boil and shake vigorously.
Lucía belongs to the Yoreme people and lives a secluded life with her father, a harp player, and her grandparents in a small village in Sonora, Mexico. Lucía’s father Fidel cannot get over the death of his wife and drowns his grief in alcohol. The little girl’s biggest wish is to play the traditional harp like her father, to touch his heart and be loved by him again.
Belfast is divided in 1970. Because of the bustling civil war, hate and fear overshadow life. Mickybo and JonJo hardly notice the Troubles because they are too concerned with taking after their idols, the Western heroes Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They decide to be blood brothers for life and devise a plan to emigrate to Australia.
The ten-year-old orphan Wim has to spend his day with working in a weaving factory. But deep inside, Wim only wants to go to school und so he decides to escape from this life in the orphanage. A turbulent adventure trip starts, on which Wim soon becomes companion with a monkey and a girl named Jet.
Monday has to take her medication every day because the young girl is terminally ill. She is taught at home and well looked after by her single father Bob. But Monday dreams of seeing the places her father talks to her about. Especially Uluru, the red mountain in northern Australia.
Jack raves about his younger brother Gio, whom he believes to have super powers. As he grows older and realises that his brother is special in other ways, Jack decides to hide him from his classmates. But he failed to reckon with Gio.
Eleven-year-old Tito Rojas and his family live in a modest flat in a quarter of Santiago de Chile. The boy loves playing football with his sister Gloria and the children next door. His father believes in Tito’s talent. Since becoming a professional football player remained nothing but an unfulfilled dream for him, he now invests all his hope and efforts in his quite skilful son.
Jamil lives with his mother and grandmother in a small Bashkir village. At just six years of age, he confidently and independently lends his family a helping hand. He is hoping and longingly waiting for his father to return from the war. Jamil would also love to be a hero who fights against the Nazis.
Shy Nahuel lives by the sea with his father, a fisherman. Too bad that the boy has been afraid of the sea for as long as he can remember and does not even dare to get on a rowing boat. But Nahuel would love to help his father with his work. One day, when he is once again being chased by two schoolmates, a cat leads him into an abandoned villa, where Nahuel finds a magic book that might help him overcome his fear.
You may think that in our modern and thorough times, every potential hazard has been identified. You are wrong. There is a critical issue that, nobody has taken into consideration yet: how dangerous dancing can be.
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.
In an air polluted future the 20-year-old drummer Olly only wants one thing: to get inside the dome, where the air is clean and the best musicians live. In order to get in, he has to take a series of absurd tests that pass false judgements on him.
So far, it has never has never disturbed Ole that his friend Benni has the Down syndrome. But now – on the threshold of childhood to youth – their friendship is changing. It’s no longer easy to stand by his friend ...
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.
14-year-old Leigh lives with her dad on the outskirts of Brighton. She is a talented gymnast and is about to start her first major competition. But due to the sudden death of her mum, she loses an extremely important support. Moreover, strong self-doubts make it difficult for her to deal with people.
Martín lives in Quilicura, a district of Santiago, drifting from day to day. His domestic environment is becoming more and more difficult; the family has to move again to an even smaller flat due to a lack of money. No one is interested in Martín’s dream of a career as a rap musician and he gets on rather badly at school. Charly works in a fast food restaurant.
The peaceful life in the small town Sandsborough gets turned upside down as the Blunderbuss family moor down the street. Together with their octopus Freddy and their Shark Roy they are on the run from the family’s arch enemy Crooked Cornelius. Hector, Betsie, son Billy and the grandfather finally want to start an honest life on land.
During the holidays Anu and her older brother Mart play together every day. But even the best holidays come to an end and the new school year is just around the corner. Six-year-old Anu is sad because she does not start school yet and a time of boredom awaits her.
Raya and her friends cause trouble at school. At the same time Raya wonders about morals and compares herself to her parents. She is torn on the best way to make the world a better place – with magic or confrontation?
Ròm is a street boy in Ho Chi Minh City. He used to make ends meet as a tipster because his lottery numbers ensured good wins for the neighbours. But when his lucky streak ended, the inhabitants of his poor neighbourhood turned their backs on him. Now the boy lives by himself in a roof alcove and saves money to go looking for his parents.
A father recounts to his daughter, the extraordinary journey of four young explorers throughout the world. Fascinated by this story, the little girl will discover that the adventure told to her by her father is at the border between reality and fiction.
A broken leg ends Davies’ football career and a lot of other things go wrong in his life. He gets to know the wrong girls and has gambling debts. With two friends he founds an agency for bands. At last he feels the wind in his sails, but underworld boss Fergie dominates the industry.
Sayaka and her dog Lou are inseparable. Together they discover the hidden entrance to a mysterious place where they find the old tracks of a disused train. The little girl only finds out where these tracks lead to when Lou suddenly dies.
Vega is nine years old and very level-headed. She is “the only normal person in the family”, so to speak. Her five-year-old, wild sister Billie does whatever she wants, her father does not exactly behave like an adult and her mother has to rest in a clinic this summer because “she always thinks so much”.
On a stroll through the garden of the new house, Michael discovers a half ruined dark shed. The boy often feels lonely because his parents have not had much time for him since his sister was born. Among the junk of old boxes and many insects, he finds a strange, skinny man. Everything seems eerie to Michael, but he wants to take care of this creature wasting away.
Yotam and his classmate Noa are crazy about planes and flying. They find an old plane in a scrap yard and quickly discover that it has historical value. Together they try to breathe new life into it, but they soon reach their limits.
A family of giraffes is spending their holidays in a far-away forest. The baby giraffe gets lost and meets some of the animals that live there. But a bad-tempered squirrel does not seem ready at all to accept the newcomer.
Unconfident Maisy is 16 and has never been kissed. She makes a pact with her best friend: she will kiss a boy until her next birthday! But this is more difficult than she thought because she has a crush on a guy who is out of her reach. Moreover, she often puts her foot in it and cannot find her way in the teenage world.
Even the thought of a holiday with his father in Provence triggers discomfort and defiance in Thomas. After the separation of his parents, the “crazy” scientist is rather embarrassing to him. His worst nightmares come true when it turns out that there is hardly any network coverage in this rural area and therefore no chance of playing exciting computer games.
Together with his lonely helicopter-mum, twelve-year old Marco lives in Staten Island. After the divorce of his parents, his mother decides to leave busy and buzzling New York City and move back to the place where she was born and grew up. Things become complicated when Marco’s Italian-born grandfather “Nonno” accidentally burns down his own house.
The villagers of Berkutnoye lead an idyllic life. The boys Vazir, Aydar and Gabduk are best friends and lend a hand wherever necessary. After attending a performance at the temporary open-air cinema, they sit at a campfire with uncle Sharifullah. He tells them the legend of Mount Kiramet above the village, which will soon destroy it.
Five-year-old half-orphan Banafsheh grows up with her father and her elderly grandmother, who is unable to cope with the lively girl. On a train ride they meet a young teacher who immediately takes the girl into her heart and calms her down. She enchants the girl with stories and her hand puppet.
What do you do when you're 15 years old and have to die? Like many teenagers in Liverpool, 15-year-old Robbie only cares about one thing: having sex for the first time. But when he breaks down on holiday, he is suddenly confronted with a completely different topic. Robbie suffers from a serious heart condition and he will die.
Juggler Gédéon and his young assistant Almerina travel through Sicily. They entertain people with their cheerful fairy tale of bear king Léonce and his son Tonio. One night they seek shelter in a cave and encounter a bear. In the glow of the fire, out of fear and to put the bear off, they tell the story of how Léonce and his horde set out into the valley of men in search of the missing bear prince.
The black mill determines life in the village and employs many people. While watching a shooting star, Ivo wishes that his daddy would read him a bedtime story again. A few hours later his father is dead when the devilish mill goes up in flames. Ivo’s mother is full of worries that trigger premature labour.
Ten year-old Pete hides in a world of observation insects. He is terminally ill with brain cancer and confined to a wheelchair. He has one last dream: to catch the most beautiful butterfly on earth, the legendary Mariposa Azul. This Blue Butterfly, a magnificent and mystical creature can be found only in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. You can get answers to the mysteries of the world, just by looking at it.
“Keep it clean, tidy and spotless for our leader Isimo”, these are words children sing at school. Since the new president Isimo has been ruling the country, many things have changed. Everything has to be “clean”, which is controlled by security officers. Nevertheless, people cheer mighty Isimo, also Paul’s father, a famous journalist.
Two twelve-year-old girls, Margot and Marguerite, live in the same country at different times. While Marguerite grows up in France in 1942, at the time of the Second World War, Margot lives about 70 years later, in 2019. Marguerite lives with her aunt Alice on her grandparents' impressive estate.
Hana fears that her parents might separate. Therefore, she wants the family to travel together during the holidays so the parents could reconcile. Her two sisters Yoo-mi and Yoo-jin on the other hand are afraid of having to move again. The three children bravely fight for their home.
Summer is coming to an end; the fruit is growing ripe on the trees. Grandpa gives his Grandson a kite. Autumn, the leaves fall and Grandpa has grown weak. Winter comes, then springtime. A warm breeze brings them together again.
An inquisitive little frog with a large appetite goes off to discover the river bank in search of new things to eat. On his way, he meets some of the animals that live in the neighbourhood: a mole, a rabbit, a deer, a mouse... and asks them what they eat.
Charlie gets a cactus as a birthday gift from his grandfather and is very disappointed. But suddenly the cactus begins to sing, and everyone yodels along. Until the cactus, in such high spirits, flies right over the balcony.
Quiet Mario and the go-getting Francisco are best friends and love heavy metal. When the “Iron Maiden” band comes to Colombia for the first time, a dream comes true for the boys. Mario even steals money from his mother to attend the band’s live performance with Francisco. When the day of the concert has come, the two of them skip school and take a day off.
David could be fine: His parents are well-to-do, his marks are good and his girlfriend is the envy of the other boys. Were it not for his new ice hockey team “The Wolves”, where he plays as a goalkeeper. His father has ambitious plans and wants David to become a professional player despite his diabetes. But he is treated as “the newcomer” in the team.
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.
Tom, a twelve-year-old monkey boy, lives in the land of the Nioukos. One day he finds a wounded old man on the beach. Surprised by this creature, which looks so different from anything he has ever seen before, he takes it with him to his parents, who work as scientists and intensively examine the unknown.
Once upon a time there was a king and a queen, who had a single daughter - Kateřina. Handsome king Egon from the neighbouring kingdom asked for her hand in marriage. However, when the wedding preparations were in full swing, something monstrous happened. An evil dragon dragged the princess into his cave.
Samir, known as Sam, has Moroccan roots and lives with his family in a district strongly influenced by Arabic culture in the north of Amsterdam. The gang around his brother Mo and his friend Soesi is shaking the area with ever-increasing thievery. But Sam is supposed to stay out of it and stick to his goals.
Ido’s enthusiasm for sailing and the sea was inspired by his mother. When she died, something inside him broke. The teenager finds no answers with his father, they become increasingly estranged from one another. Ido’s best friends, quiet Yoni and impulsive Erez, give him security.
John grows up in an environment full of violent white racists. He spends most of his childhood in a juvenile detention centre and even there, he attracts negative attention time and again. His youth welfare officer does not give up hope and finds a couple who want to take the boy in.
Sparkle is back to camp for another summer, but this year the director warns her to not tell stories about the sacred zone, but Charlie insists on hearing a legend so hard that she becomes part of the legend.
Ten-year-old Mary Lennox lives with her parents in India during the British colonial period. After the sudden death of her parents she is taken to her uncle Lord Archibald Craven living on the English country estate Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors. In the huge manor house, Mrs Medlock takes care of the young lady and a nanny provides the girl with the bare necessities.
The fairytale is about friendship, but also danger. Sometimes, it is necessary to be careful, other times it is important to be brave. But how do we know whether it is time for courage? Our feelings will be able to exactly tell us!
Thomas dies. But what he witnesses on the other side is under no circumstances what he expected. Suddenly he is sitting in a waiting room, like one in a registration office. There, in a strange way, he undergoes injustices, which are often caused by faith and death.
A hungry fox hunts for food on a cold winter night. On the edge of the forest he discovers a small farm. He sneaks closer to steal a snack, unaware of the Tomten who guards the farm, and is caught red-handed in the hen-coop.
Karen has always dreamed of meeting her father, an actor living in London. Her wish comes true when she goes to visit him, but the experience, which is both exciting and uncomfortable, makes her realize that he is not exactly the father she had hoped for.
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.
Miyu’s father Suzuo used to be a celebrated manga author. But these successful times are long gone and the family lives modestly. Suzuo is a passionate gambler and gambles away his last money. After a serious accident he gets a chance to make up for everything.
Excitement at the National Museum of Poznań: The valuable painting “Beach in Pourville” by Claude Monet was stolen – just like 20 years ago! It was about to be ceremoniously unveiled after its restoration. But when 13-year-old Julka and her best friend Olek arrive at the museum, there is an explosion and the painting shatters into a thousand pieces. Julka’s aunt, the museum director, is shocked.
Noah is a guitarist and accompanies 90s pop singer Moniqa, who is also his mentor. Always the same concerts exhaust Noah. This is not how he had imagined his musical career. Without further ado, he quits the band and flies to Australia, where he sees his mother again after many years of absence.
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.
Lísa is fifteen years old and quite different from other girls her age. She has isolated herself and has a big secret about herself. When her childhood friend Bryndís starts reaching out to her, the two reunite, leading Lísa to discover more secrets about her body and medical history.
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.
High school – for many this is the best, for some it is the worst time of their lives. Juliette is stuck somewhere in between. She is intelligent, funny and sensitive, but also very redheaded and overweight. That is enough to bully her. But Juliette learns to defend herself.
Little Sangye lives with his family in very humble and traditional circumstances in the Chinese mountains. Although he does not care about school, he is eager to learn and interested in nature, the world and the cosmos. He would do anything for an encyclopaedia.
Partying and chilling at the pool: Anna and her clique take in the last days of summer. She is surrounded by emerging sexuality and feels pressured to experiment herself. However it just does not feel right – is that normal?