The documentary film “One In A Million” opens today in German cinemas on the film label NONFY Documentaries. The documentary for children and young people by Joya Thome tells the story of two teenage girls in Georgia (USA) and Northern Germany who are digitally connected through their social media activities and their passion for gymnastics. In the midst of the dazzling and merciless world of social media, Withney and Yara begin to find out who they are and what they want from life.
The first feature-length documentary by director Joya Thome, whose debut children’s film “Queen of Niendorf” was released on the Darling Berlin film label in 2018, is a poetic psychogram of the social media generation.
The idea for “One In A Million” came from the desire to better understand the world of today’s teenagers. What is the significance of social media for this young generation and what does it mean to be a fan or idol in this digital world? What shapes fan culture and what influence does the mass of fans have on their idols, who are often the same age? These digital relationships shape the growing up of millions and are an elementary part of youth culture all over the world. The film follows the emancipation of the two girls from what confines them over a period of three years and tells of their process of going their own way and finding their own voice with great sensitivity and always at eye level.
Whitney Bjerken from the USA is a world-famous YouTuber and gifted singer-songwriter. The quiet but sensitive Yara from Germany is one of her biggest fans. Connected by the glittering world of social media and their passion for gymnastics, they begin to find out who they are and what they want from life. A coming-of-age film about success and loneliness, friendship and first love, queer coming out and the courage to find one’s own voice.
The cinema launch premiere of “One In A Million” will take place on Saturday 22 April 2023 with the film team in a family-friendly atmosphere at 3.45 pm in Berlin’s City Kino Wedding.
“One In A Million” is a production by Flare Film in co-production with NDR. The development was supported by the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film and the BKM. The production was supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.
The film will be shown in the following cinemas from 20 April 2023:
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|Anaberg:||Gloria Filmpalast (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
|Auerbach:||Rekord Lichtspiele (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
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|City Kino Wedding (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
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|Burghausen:||Ankersaal (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
|Darmstadt:||Rex Kino (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
|Köln:||Cinenova (Ticketsfor “One In A Million“)|
|Mühldorf am Inn:||Kino Hollywood (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
|Münster:||Cinema Kurbelkiste (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
|Rendsburg:||Schauburg (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
|Wasserburg:||Kino Utopia (Tickets for “One In A Million“)|
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Press comments on the film
“One In A Million” is a sensitive coming-of-age portrait of two adolescents that gets up close and personal with its protagonists and takes their drive for success, their longing and loneliness seriously.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
“What has emerged is a thoroughly engaging documentary that spans continents to establish the relationship between two girls who don’t know each other personally.” (EPD)
“An authentic documentary about the trials and tribulations of adolescence.” (Cinema)
“Whitney and Yara grow on you.” (Filmdienst)
“The way the two young digital natives confide in the director and let her look into their souls is deeply touching – and very enlightening.” (Kölner Stadtanzeiger)
“After her two successful feature films “Queen of Niendorf” and “Laura’s Star”, Joya Thome has now realised a documentary film for the first time. However, she remains true to her themes, her style in “One in a Million”: female coming-of-age stories, calmly and unpretentiously observed.” (Programmkino)
“One in a Million is interested in the parallel and the divergent, juxtaposing the growing up of two girls.” (Critic.de)