“Berlin Bytch Love” (Darling Berlin), a documentary film by Heiko Aufdermauer and Johannes Girke about Sophie and Dominik, a young homeless couple in Berlin, has been nominated for the German Documentary Film Award 2023. The film shows their life on the streets of Berlin, their relationship and the challenges they face.
The film was directed by Heiko Aufdermauer and Johannes Girke. Aufdermauer gained experience in documentary film after studying at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and working on various projects in Germany and abroad. Johannes Girke, a graduate of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin), is known for his documentary work on social change processes.
Sophie, 15, and Dominik, 17, have been living on the streets around Görlitzer Park for six months. Their everyday life is characterised by a struggle for survival, including sleeping in doorways, collecting bottles and begging. Despite the difficult circumstances, their relationship remains strong. The film also sheds light on Sophie’s pregnancy and Dominik’s upcoming trial for several criminal offences.
The nomination for the German Documentary Film Award emphasises the relevance of the film, which sheds light on the problems of homelessness and juvenile delinquency. “Berlin Bytch Love” emphasises the personal stories and struggles and conveys a vivid picture of the current social challenges in the city.