On 29 February 2024, UCM.ONE will release the documentary “Berlin Bytch Love” by Heiko Aufdermauer and Johannes Girke on the Darling Berlin label in German cinemas. The film is about a young couple (aged 15 and 17) who live on the streets around Berlin’s G√∂rlitzer Park and whom the two filmmakers were allowed to document over a longer period of time. The aim was to create an intimate and non-judgemental filmic insight into the everyday lives of young people who live among us, far from safety, education and security – and yet are often invisible.

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.

Synopsis

Sophie, 15, and Dominik, 17, have been living on the streets around G√∂rlitzer 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.

In Germany, half a million people are considered homeless – and almost 30,000 of them are under the age of 18. In Berlin alone, around 3,000 young people live on the streets. As their status is usually unclear, no help reaches them. They are threatened by violence, illness, cold and abuse.

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