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B.B. AND THE SCHOOL BY THE RIVER (B.B. UND DIE SCHULE AM FLUSS)

B.B. AND THE SCHOOL BY THE RIVER
© Detlev F. Neufert

B.B. ('Brave Boy') Goura Moe is from the Naga tribe of former headhunters. They live in the inaccessible part of Burma near the Himalayas. At the age of seven he starts with alcohol, drugs and stealing. At the age of 13 he is at the end. His parents, poor day laborers, give him up. A Christian priest finds a school for underprivileged children for B.B.: 'Ferdi Home'. It is located in the dreamy temple town of Bagan, on the Irrayawady River, the queen of all rivers. Here the young Naga meets children from many different ethnic groups who often still fight each other. They do not care. They want to be a new generation in a peaceful country. And B.B.? He finds a new tribe: 'Lovers'.

Even though B.B.'s story is set in today's Myanmar, it happens every day somewhere else in the world. With the global tribe of pubescents. With children who are like B.B. who love their freedom and innocence.


Detlev F. Neufert began his career making documentaries for German television and made short films about pop stars, including Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa and Patti Smith. His feature TAKE AWAY THE NIGHT (1982) screened in Cannes' Un Certain Regard. Also active as an author, he contributes to various international travel magazines. His films include: HEAVEN'S MEADOW, DANCING ON HEAVEN'S MEADOW, TONG FIGHTS - WINNING HEAVEN (short), FRESH FAMILEE - COMIN' FROM RATINGA, SABAI, SABAI DEUTSCHLAND (short), FAMILIENLEBEN (short), AUF DER SUCHE NACH DEN DEUTSCHEN - REISE IN DIE SEELE EINER NATION, WANDERJAHRE ODER DIE SEELE DES TROMMLERS. FRANK KÖLLGES, THOMAS KLING. EIN DICHTER AUS DEUTSCHLAND (short), MARSEILLAISE, DEUTSCHLANDLED UND KAISERHYME, MACHT UND BESCHEIDENHEIT (short), and B.B. AND THE SCHOOL BY THE RIVER.
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, Children & Youth
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Detlev F. Neufert
Cinematography AJ Aww Jay
Producer Detlev F. Neufert
Co-Producer Thet Aung Naing
Production Company German Myanmar Media Association, in co-production with GMMA
Length 108 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 Burmese
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals Druk IFF 2019, Florence Film Awards 2019, United States FF 2019, 52 Weeks FF 2019
Awards Outstanding Achievement Award Druk IFF 2019

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