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PETTING ZOO

PETTING ZOO
photo © The Match Factory/Armin Dierolf

Seventeen-year-old Layla’s prayers are answered when she wins a college scholarship. From a low-income family, she has been working full time at a local telemarketing company and it hasn’t stopped her from being at the top of her high school class. Hanging out with her slacker boyfriend Danny and partying with her best friend Melanie round out Layla’s routine. But an unplanned pregnancy changes everything. Giving into family pressure, Layla decides against an abortion, drops her college dreams and moves into her loving Grandma’s trailer on the edge of town. Layla moves forward confidently with her new daily life as a pregnant teenager, but she’s still anxious about the future. She ends up meeting a new boy – Aaron – different from everyone else, and starts a new job in a diner. Just as things seem to be falling into place again, fate throws another turn. As her social fabric unravels around her, Layla begins to see her environment differently, the first step toward finding herself.


Micah Magee was programming and managing director of the Cinematexas Film Festival before she came to Berlin with a Fulbright Fellowship in Journalism in 2001 and studied at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB). Her films include: the shorts HOSPITAL (doc, 2004), THE GIRL WHO STARED DOWN THE SUN (2004), FLOWERS (2006), MY LAST DAY IN NIGERIA (2009), SUCCESS (2010), COMING HOME (2012, German Short Film Award), and her feature debut PETTING ZOO (2015).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Micah Magee
Screenplay Micah Magee
Cinematography Armin Dierolf
Cast Devon Keller, Austin Reed, Deztiny Gonzales, Kiowa Tucker
Producers Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Johan Carlsen, Friederike Sophie Steinbeck, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Production Company The Match Factory, in co-production with Makrorama, haosfilm, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 95 min
Format HD
Original Version
 English
Festivals Berlinale 2015 (Panorama), SXSW 2015, CPH PIX Copenhagen 2015, BFI London 2015, Haifa 2015, Montreal Nouveau Cinema 2015, BendFilm Festival 2015, Sevilla European Film Festival 2015, Kerala 2015, Angers 2016 (In Competition: European Feature Films), Göteborg 2016
Awards Best of Show & Best Narrative Feature 2015 BendFilm Festival 2015, Best Actress "Bouvet Ladubay" Award European Feature Film Angers 2016
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, The Austin Film Society, New York State Council for the Arts

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