FRIEDENSSCHLAG

CATEGORY: cinema, DVD, psychology, society, transformation, youth
STATUS: in distribution
A Film by Gerardo Milsztein

TO FIGHT FOR

The Year of Decision

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.
Runtime: 107 min.
| Film format: 35 mm, DCP
| Recording format: HD
Audio format: Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
| Picture ratio: 1:1.85
Cast

Eftal, Marco, Josef, Denis, Juan
Rupert Voss
Werner Makella

Team

A film by Gerardo Milsztein
camera by Gerardo Milszstein
sound by Robert Kellner
editited by Thomas Grube, Barbara Toennieshen
music by P:lot

line producer: Marc Wächter
producers: Andrea Thilo, Uwe Dierks, Thomas Grube
co-producer: Wolf Bosse

A BOOMTOWN MEDIA production
in coproduction with Pictorion – das werk
in association with Bayerischer Rundfunk (Christian Baudissin)
and Telepool

Funding
MBB Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
fff FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
Distributors
Piffl Medien (Germany)
Worldpremiere in PANORAMA at the 60th Berlinale
World distribution
BOOMTOWNMEDIA INTERNATIONAL
Honours
German Cinematography Award 2010
Synopsis

TO FIGHT FOR is an inspiring documentary film on one of the greatest challenges of our age: the transformation of destructive power into creative energy, of self-loathing into self-confidence, of repression of the past into the assumption of responsibility for your own life

Directly and with no holds barred, the film tells the moving story of five young men aged between 16 and 20 who steal, smoke dope and enjoy getting into fights. They are uncertain, directionless and willing to resort to violence. And now they face the biggest challenge of their young lives: Will they end up in jail or tear down the old walls with the aim of taking control of their own lives and rebuilding trust and closeness after years of total isolation and extreme aggression? The “year of decision“ is their final chance to break the vicious circle of their lives so far, to erase false self-perceptions and to come to terms with reality.

Rupert Voss and Werner Makella, founders of the Work and Box Company, are too men with a broad range of experiences. They give the young men what they really need: confrontation and love – a positive paternal image and genuine authority. And they are prepared to invest a great deal of time and patience – even though the situation seems almost hopeless. In helping the young men they can draw on their knowledge of the male psyche, breaking old patterns of behaviour and creating fresh self-confidence.

Dodging, countering, attacking – defence or withdrawal? In the ring everyone must look their opponent honestly and unflinchingly in the eye and the boxing match becomes the catalyst for the protagonists’ personal development. Joy and grief, quiet certainty, desperation and hope are intertwined. For inside the young men are also battling themselves – until they fall in order to learn how to rise again.

TO FIGHT FOR is a gripping and emotional film, which offers a radically different approach in the current debate about youth violence to the helpless appeal for tougher action.

"A brilliant movie." DIE ZEIT
"A strong, intense, touching and full of hope." ZDF News
"A stirring cinema experience that blows your mind!" THE JOURNAL