May 1968: Rolling Stones, bell- bottoms, mini-skirts, sexual revolution, protests against the Vietnam War… While Germany sets off for a new era of freedom, rebellious 14-year-old Wolfgang gets sent to Freistatt, a foster home for difficult children. There he shall be “educated” to become a decent boy. Wolfgang puts up a determined resistance against the brutal working conditions and the perfidious education methods of the wardens; he doesn’t allow them to get him down. But for how long can he manage to resist the system of violence and oppression without brutalizing himself? A movie based on true stories, about the merciless fight of a boy to save the last bit of humanity and dignity in an oppressive system of society.
MARC BRUMMUND studied Psychology and Journalism in Hamburg from 1991-1996 and Documentary Filmmaking in Bolzano from 1996-1999 and has directed numerous award-winning commercials. From 2004-2006, he studied Directing at the Hamburg Media School. His films have won over 50 international awards and include: the shorts HOME (HEIM, 2005), OUTSIDE (DRAUSSEN, 2005), COW TIPPING (KÜHE SCHUBSEN, 2005), GAINING GROUND (LAND GEWINNEN, 2007), FISH & ONIONS (FISCH & ZWIEBELN, doc, 2011), episodes of the German television series THE 25TH HOUR and DER DICKE, and SANCTUARY (FREISTATT, 2015).photos © Zum Goldenen Lamm/Boris Laewen