Film & Sociology has made from its establishment in 1991 more than 170 documentary films directed by the leading Czech documentary filmmakers.


Film & Sociology  is the producer of the film Citizen Havel - the most successful documentary film on the Czech cinema circuit since 1989.

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How does it feel to take a backseat to your own life?
Filmed with truthfulness and authenticity over six years, a raw coming of age of four young men who were forced to be separated from their families at a tender age and grow up in a children’s home. They do theatre, train for a vocational certificate in cooking or welding, make friends, and struggle with family traumas and social exclusion.
In their small provincial hometowns in the Czech Republic, opportunities and motivation are in short supply – unemployment, discrimination, and poverty abound, leading to abuse, mental issues, self-destruction, or addiction. In scenes with their parents and siblings, we realise that they have grown up with poor role models,  without social norms.  
Pepa tries to pull himself together and struggle on despite his personal falls. His brother Milda sinks deeper and deeper into hopelessness. Bajdy lives with his mom and smokes grass every day. Pali used to run away from the children’s home to his family and he has two kids himself today. 
Deprived of affection, protection, and communication, they long for love and struggle to escape their fates and make something out of themselves. Yet, assuming responsibility for themselves and their families does not come easy. Can they escape the inevitable and break the vicious circle? 

Directed by, Original Idea Jana Boršková
DOP: David Šachl, Jana Boršková
Edited by:

Blanka Kulová, Jíří Brožek


Vladimír Chrastil

Running Time:

77 min

Year of Production:



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