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To Fight For - The Year of Decision (Friedensschlag - Das Jahr der Entscheidung)

To Fight For - The Year of Decision
Scene from "To Fight For" (photo © O. Sachs/Boomtown Media)

Five young men, prepared to resort to violence, transform their destructive energy into creativity, and their self-hate into self-confidence and responsibility for their own lives.

They are faced by a harsh challenge. Either they are bound to end up in jail, or they have to break through all barriers to self-assurance. Having withdrawn wholly into themselves and having become extremely aggressive, they have to reach out again for contacts and intimacy, which is something they have not been able to do for years. Boxing is the narrative thread and also what triggers off their personal development. They begin to get in touch with themselves and to recognize their internal pains in the emotional sense. This is the start of their parth towards peace. In the ring each of them is forced to reveal himself. Sadness and joy, doubt and sureness, desperation and hope lie side by side. The youngsters fight not only each other but also against themselves, till they fall and thereby learn to get up again.

For the first time in their lives these youngsters are faced with a positive father-figure and a real authority. In the 'year of the decision' they must find out if they are able to take their last chance. Will they be able to get rid of false self-images and come to terms with reality and thus with their own pasts?
Genre Society, Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Gerardo Milsztein
Cinematography Gerardo Milsztein
Thomas Grube, Barbara Toennieshen
Producers Andrea Thilo, Uwe Dierks, Thomas Grube
Production Company Boomtown Media/Berlin, in co-production with Pictorion-Das Werk/Berlin
Runtime 107 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2010 (Panorama), Tallinn Black Nights 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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