• Inspired by true events, ACLA is an unflinching exploration of social mores and disturbing abuses largely unfamiliar to American audiences. Set in Sicily in the 1930s this haunting motion picture chronicles a major turning point in the life of Acla, a feisty 12-year-old sold by his destitute parents to work in the underground sulfur mines in Floristella.

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  • Eight short films make up this sweet bit of nostalgia from Germany in the '50s by the acclaimed still photographer and cinematographer, Lothar Sauer.The first is The Bad Report Card (Das Schlechte Zeugnis) which is the story of an afternoon of two schoolboys who were failed and don't dare go home with their bad report cards.Played by the boys of the lower...

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  • May 25, 2005, the last day of school in Beslan, Russia, celebrated with the Ceremony of the Last Bell. A graduating senior carries a new student who rings a bell for the last time. The school year started on September 1st and was to be no different than any other. Tragically, within 48 hours, those youthful delights would be dashed by death and destruction. 

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  • Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin, who's been abandoned by his family and sent to live in a state-run orphanage, it's also a moving portrait of the human spirit imprisoned by the chains of well-intentioned fools. Inside the harsh confines of the supposedly beneficial institution, Polin and his fellow inmates must deal with...

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  • CISKE THE RAT, starring Dutch singing sensation Danny De Munk, is without a doubt one of the most touching childhood sagas ever brought to film. Living in Amsterdam in 1934, eleven-year-old Ciske (nickname for Franciskus) is a troubled kid caught in the winds of the war between his separated parents. His father, a mostly absent merchant seaman, is just...

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  • Two best friends are forced into street hustling and ever-expanding life of crime when one impregnates the sister of the other. 

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  • Sex and politics collide in Eloy de la Iglesia’s harrowing, hard-hitting tale of forbidden love, blackmail and murder. Set up by the secret police to compromise a prominent politician, a teenage hustler discovers himself passionately in love with the man he must betray.

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  • Set in the Italian port of Trieste in 1911, ERNESTO is the coming-of-age chronicle of 17-year-old Ernesto, a handsome office clerk who dreams of becoming a violinist. An unexpected tryst with a sensitive dock worker open the youth to feelings he has previously been afraid to confront.

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  • Lorenzo, a handsome first-year professor in an isolated Italian village, falls under the spell of his most beguiling pupil, a dark-haired, starry-eyed 12-year-old named Duilio. As Lorenzo's relationship with his heartless girlfriend deteriorates, he finds himself walking the fields with his loving student.

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  • Thirteen-year-old Michel is vacationing with his recently widowed mother and younger brother when trouble arrives in the form of a handsome engineer with romantic designs on Mom.

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  • A riveting journey through the dark underside of the Soviet working class and institutional life, FREEDOM IS PARADISE captures a boy’s fierce capacity to dream amidst the boldfaced cruelty of circumstance. This Grand Prize winner at the 1989 Montreal Film Festival addresses, with quiet eloquence, the sad irony of children dwelling on the margin.

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  • When Eric, an 11-year-old boy from Los Angeles, California, is not in school or busy doing his homework, he hangs out with his 14-year-old buddy Chris. They swim, tell jokes, eat and dance. Yes, dance. Well, at least Eric is the talented one here. The two boys end their day at the beach, where they do more swimming, chasing after one another and running...

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  • Fifteen-year-old Nico, played by cuddly, cute Romanian actor Nico Almasan, is on his own in sunny Honolulu where he soon gets himself into trouble with one of the local bullies. To the rescue comes James, a twenty-four-year-old surfer, played with laid-back charm by handsome newcomer David C. Naughton. What follows is a sweet, sometimes silly adventure...

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  • A young boy’s loss of innocence in a pre-perestroika Russian prison is the harrowing, Kafkaesque premise of LESSONS AT THE END OF SPRING. During the chaotic last months of the Khrushchev regime, a teenager’s trip to the movies ends in a nightmarish confrontation with local police.

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  • Fans of Little Warriors get a treat here when five wrestlers from the previous video and one new boy go to summer camp to hone their sports skills and learn about nature. 

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  • An early work of de la Iglesia, EL SACERDOTE tells the often shocking story of a troubled priest in a desperate battle for his own soul. Set in a strict Catholic parish house, the film takes a piercing look into the tortured souls of mortal men who have buried the most human desires in service to God.

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  • Directed by Jean Dellanoy from Roger Peyrefitte's controversial 1945 novel, THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP is set in a Jesuit school for boys. The school bristles with sexual tension, and the youths are counseled daily to guard themselves against impure friendships. Sixteen-year-old George, a naive new arrival, is shocked to discover that the classmate who first...

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  • Their immune systems tragically damaged at birth, TOM AND LOLA are two beautiful children forever isolated in plastic bubbles. But neither cold urethane nor chillier hospital technicians can keep down the beguiling spirit of these indomitable siblings.

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  • In conflict with his father over a decision to pursue a bullfighting career, sixteen-year-old Miguel begins his study at La Escuela de Tauromaquia, Madrid’s famed school for matadors. Surrounded by his fellow students, Miguel will quickly learn that in the arena, one must be ready to face death "tu solo"... on your own.

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  • Haunting and hypnotic, VITO AND THE OTHERS is the groundbreaking film which drew international attention to the problem of neglected youth and street crime in poverty-stricken Naples.

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  • Set sail with a dozen sun bronzed boys on a field-trip through history in this fascinating documentary originally produced for French television. This home video version is culled from all thirteen episodes and features a real-life cast of young adventurers on board the sailing ship Karrek Van. The boys are students from an experimental school and the...

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  • Young Kheer Allah lives with his mother, father, two brothers and sister. Their "home" has no furniture and no modern appliances, except for an old television and radio sitting precariously atop a stack of used tires. There's no meat on this family's table. Home-baked pita bread is the staple in this beyond-poor household. School is out of the question...

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  • This sporty video is packed full of talented young athletes and hard punching action. These pint-sized pugilists consist of about thirty boys, ranging in age from eight to fourteen, but don't let their doe-eyed, blush-cheeked innocence fool you. These are ferocious bunch of boxer boys and each one is out to win the competition.

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  • Set in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, the name of the game this time gymnastics. The focus is on the students of the prestigious Ministry of Education and science - Republic High School For Physical Culture. Here top teachers, coaches, and students converge in a quest for both intellectual and athletic glory. 

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  • Boys love building their muscles. So, when our group of nine to eleven year olds hit the gym, they attack the weights with furious enthusiasm. To them it's play.

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  • Kids all over the world love soccer. They call it football. Baikal shows off their talented feet in this free-for-all athletic celebration. It's not all work though, snacks and a trip to the sauna top off a long day for our boys with FAST FEET.

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  • Set amid the old-world charm of the Bukovina region of the Ukraine, director Igor Kostenyuk's skilled camera follows an exuberant group of youngsters, ages eight to sixteen, as they prepare for an athletic demonstration at the local sports stadium. These fresh-faced athletes may look sweet and innocent, but don't let the blush of youth fool you. As they...

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  • Set in the south of the Ukraine, is a real modern-day orphanage, offering hope to all who step through its doors. A well-kept institution filled with 236 youngsters, either without parents, or born into families not able to adequately care for them. Although they are certainly disadvantaged, each one of these beautiful boys and girls seems to radiate an...

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  • Baikal Films takes us again on a visit to young athletes.  This time their passion is basketball.  We follow their progress in a practice and then everyone heads out to the scenic Ukrainian countryside for a day trip to relax with games, exploration and a picnic feast.  Later they have a competition and then visit the Sauna Comfort.

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  • A group of nine- to eleven-year-old boys go to the local Pizza Cafe for a snack before showing up at the Judo Hall for a workout.  There's plenty of action and expert throws as the youngsters show off their skills.  A trip to the sauna tops off a very busy day.

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  • LET'S DANCE follows a group of boys who think that ballroom dancing is the greatest. But hard work in the rehearsal hall polishing their moves isn't the only thing that occupies theirtime. Get a look at the secret lives of boy dancers inside and outside their homes.

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  • All the best wrestlers from the cities of Siberia and the Russian Far East are gathering in Chita for a great regional tournament. Even at minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit, it's not chilly enough to slow down the exuberance of pals Evgeny, Pavel and Alexey who arrive by train and prepare for the meet. The documentarians show us the intimate personal lives of...

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  • Baikal Films takes us on a journey to snowy Siberia for an intimate portrait of determined youth in quest of athletic glory. Meet Alexander and Roman, two cuter-than-cute boys who are most certainly on their way to big-top fame.  These nimble youngsters are definitely born with a gift, but they also know their talents must be honed to perfection. So each...

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  • The expert photographers of Baikal Films trained their lenses on the exciting sport of swimming. The cream of Eastern European youth perform in the water and prepare for competition. After their workout, everyone goes to the sauna for snacks and relaxation.

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  • In the tradition of "Fast Feet" and "Trading Punches," Igor follows a group of young athletes while they have a soccer practice indoors and then go for a swim and treats at the local sauna. Outside of the United States, soccer is called football!

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  • Sleek and strong, eighteen-year-old Kolya is up early this sunny morning, playfully rousing his two younger brothers from bed, his love for sleepy-eyed sprites brightly shinning. Tolek and Andrey, also radiate their own puppy-like affection for Kolya as they tumble out of bed to begin what will surely be a busy and important day for all of them. Andrey,...

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  • Loosely translated, Cossack means "free people." Beginning in the 15th century, freedom and the willingness to fight for it, are exactly what this unique Ukrainian clan has become famous for. Throughout their long and colorful history, the Cossacks have been challenged often and hard. First by Turks and Tartars, and later by the shackles of 20th century...

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  • The sport of gymnastics has been around for nearly 2000 years - its notable beginnings during the golden years of ancient Greece, but as a modern competitive sport, its history is only a little over 100 years old. Nevertheless, it's also one of the most popular athletic activities for those youngsters more interested in athletics as art, rather than...

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  • It's springtime in the Ukraine and a healthy young man's thoughts naturally turn to wrestling. Yes, that's right. The ancient art of Greco-Roman grapping becomes youthful obsession and excitement in Baikal Film's latest kid-sport's spectacular HEADLOCK. Beginning in the days of the old Soviet Union, there was  a eternal quest to find and nurture the best...

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  • Everyone's heard of the harried father who warns his wayward son, "if you don't straighten up, you're going to military school!" As his mother gasps in horror and his little brother grins with glee, the teenage scamp in question most probably will clean up his act-fast. That is, if this little scene takes place in the good old USA. But far, far away, in...

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  • Stas is twelve years old today and his best pals give him a birthday party and outing to the hippodrome.  We would call it an equestrian center, but in Eastern Europe, hippodrome is the word (hippo is the Greek word for horse).  Stas' first ride on a horse is a great success and a good time was had by all. 

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  • Come meet nearly twenty young masters in Baikal Films' KARATE BOYS. Set in the Bukovina region of the Ukraine, this group of youngsters is an athletic wonder to behold. Suited up in the traditional "ghee" and ever-mindful of time-honored civility, they bow gracefully before, and after, every match, but in between they're lean, mean, fighting machines -...

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  • Anton Reznikov follows a group of eight to ten-year-olds as they are given karate training. After a good workout, a  trip to the sauna follows.

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  • Baikal Films continues its series of videos featuring the young athletes of Siberia with LITTLE DOLPHINS. This time the spirited sports action is aquatic. Here, at the Dolphins Swim Club, dozens of sleek-muscled, young, water sprites strut their stuff in a day of exciting competitive spirits.

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  • Eastern Europe is famous for its harsh winters. So the few weeks each year when the sun shines brightly, most Ukrainians take full advantage of it, none more so that the spirited group of youngsters in Baikal Films latest effort RIVER HIGH. Join a dozen rambunctious boys, on the cusp of adolescence, as they undertake an adventurous trek deep into the...

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  • Soccer is the most popular sport in Eastern Europe and especially so for our four Ukrainian boys. You'd think that a tough workout at soccer practice would tire them out.  Well, think again. At an after practice party at the local sauna, they really turn on the energy. We should have called this video "Soccer Boys Go Wild." Anything goes and we see it all.

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  • It's a double dose of Andreys, and that would be Andrey Milenko and Andrey Dutchak, who star in another delightful little movie from our friends at Baikal Films. Apparently even in the Ukraine, parents go out of town on occasion, and of course, clever boys will take full advantage of the freedom that brings. They share a laugh, mess up the kitchen, and...

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  • The best gift a parent can give his son is a course in the manly art of self defense - boxing. Igor follows a group of four to fourteen-year-old Ukrainian boys who will never have to worry about schoolyard bullies. The boys have a workout, a relaxing visit to the local sauna and then it's snack time.

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  • Tzuki in Japanese means punch and the kids in the after-school karate club in the Bukovina region of the Ukraine really know how to throw one. This is the latest in Igor Kostenyuk's amazing documentaries on Eastern European youth.

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  • Those kids from SLAM DUNK are back with another picnic and visit to a sauna. Same kids, more fun.

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  • It's wake-up time for the buff-boy stars of Baikal Films' latest amateur wrestling romp - COOL DUDES. The charming picturesque Ukrainian village in the Bukovina region is under a chilly blanket of ice and snow. That makes it a struggle for young brothers, Andrey and Ivan, to leave their warm bed and begin their morning routines.

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