A portrait of youngsters in Osdorfer Born, a Hamburg district with grave social problems and a large immigrant population. With unemployment and petty crime all around them, the boys hardly stand a chance of staying on the straight and narrow. They protect themselves by aggressively identifying with their neighbourhood and acting like hard men, keeping their sensitivity carefully concealed. People respect machos, they think. A visit to real prisoners in a real jail is supposed to show them how fast they can wreck their lives. The film manages to get close to the boys and penetrate the facade of their indifference.

European Panorama 2008
Maja Classen
Germany 2007
75 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Maja Classen
Cinematography Christoph Lemmen, Johannes Neumann
Editing Thomas Krause
Music Nicolas Höppner
Produzent Max Springer Hochschule für Film & Fernsehen (HFF) Konrad Wolf Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg Deutschland T + 49 331 6202 564 F + 49 331 6202 569