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Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo

84 min.
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Sergiu Grimalschi
Lutz Volkwein
Wolfgang Werner

Master Patrick
Production Company:
Rosa von Praunheim Filmproduktion
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Berlinale Category:
Documentary Film

The documentary RENT BOYS (DIE JUNGS VOM BAHNHOF ZOO) is a compelling weave of authentic stories about rent boys that manages to illuminate the phenomenon of male prostitution whilst carefully avoiding the clichés that surround the milieu. The film focuses on the biographies of five rent boys, three of whom are Roma. We follow Ionel back to his village in Rumania and learn of the impoverished lives that lads like him have left behind. Nazif is a former civil war refugee from Bosnia who came to Germany as a child. He was still very young when he began working as a prostitute and taking hard drugs at Bahnhof Zoo. Romica, a young Rumanian, has founded a family that has long relied on prostitution to make a living. Some of the rent boys are under age lads who were once abused by pedosexuals and later wound up as sex workers. One such individual is Daniel-René, a young man who, even today, still suffers deeply as a result of his traumatic experiences. The film’s main protagonist is Daniel, who began working as a male prostitute at the age of sixteen. His life makes abundantly clear the kind of social context which can pave the way for a life of prostitution. The film also features conversations with social workers, owners of bars frequented by prostitutes and johns like Austrian actor-director Peter Kern.

BIOGRAFIE Rosa von Praunheim

Born in Riga, in 1942. He studied at the University of Art and Design Offenbach am Main and at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 1967, von Praunheim directed his first short films. He made his cinema breakthrough in 1971 with the documentary Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt.

FILMOGRAFIE Rosa von Praunheim (selection)

2017 Überleben in Neukölln  2016 Welcome All Sexes: 30 Jahre Teddy Awards   2015 Härte  2013 Mario Wirz  2011 Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter  2011 Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo  2011 König des Comics  2010 New York Memories  2007 Tote Schwule – lebende Lesben  2004 Umsonst gelebt - Walter Schwarze  2004 Männer Helden und schwule Nazis  1990 Positiv  1989 Schweigen = Tod  1971 Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt 

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