1983, dir. Dinara Asanova
Are bad boys beyond help? What is the nature of teen crime?
These are the questions that director Dinara Asanova asks as she investigates the lives of young offenders and the people around them in Soviet society. Her interest in realism is clear in the opening scene – a documentary-style interview with boys about good and evil.
The story follows a former athlete and graduate of the Institute of Physical Education who decides to help reform young offenders by setting up a summer camp, believing he can help the teens by setting a good example.
A Kyrgyzstani-Soviet film director, Asanova’s films explore the social conditions in the Soviet Union, the world of adolescents, and their strained relations with adults. Asanova was outspoken about social issues even before perestroika, and yet none of her films were banned. They were successful and popular in Soviet Union but remain largely unknown to Western audiences.