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Scene from "Osdorf" (photo © Katja Ruge)

The highrise estate Osdorfer Born in west Hamburg is regarded as something of a social hot spot. Although most of the boys from Osdorf weren’t even born in Germany, they feel strongly attached to their neighborhood and proudly display their ghetto identity. However, the boys have their doubts – they are aware that it is a strange world they live in, where a criminal counts more than someone who goes to school. The film follows these boys, in their search for answers to the difficult questions of everyday life – why do they commit crimes? Which other ways can they see for themselves? Do they have dreams? In what way do they feel responsible? It is the ambiguity between the boys’ refreshingly honest reflections and the gangster clichés they copy that lets their charm unfold.

To gain respect, certain codes have to be adhered to. Alican and Siar, the film’s protagonists, know the rules of the Osdorf streets. They worked hard for their reputation, and they see hardly any alternative to the lives they live there.

Some of the boys from the group take part in the project “Prisoners Help Juveniles”. They are deeply impressed after a visit with inmates of the Fuhlsbuettel correctional facility, “Santa Fu”. They identify with the felons: the meeting becomes a reflective experience. However, the film leaves open what consequences this visit may have and what the boys’ future may bring.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2007
Director Maja Classen
Screenplay Maja Classen
Cinematography Johannes Neumann, Christoph Lemmen
Thomas Krause
Nicolas Hoeppner, CC Attack, Adrenalin featuring Danny
Producer Max Springer
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Runtime 77 min
Format color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2007 (Perspectives German Cinema)

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