Docu­men­tary about a theatre perfor­mance in which seven boys candidly and vulner­ably show how they became men. Did they lean on each other? Or on their fathers? And what if these were absent?

What or who do adoles­cent boys lean on? Each other? Their fathers? And what if these are absent? In the theatre perfor­mance Staal, they play it, in the docu­men­tary Jongens waren we, they (liter­ally) look them­selves in the eyes. On stage, seven playing, fighting, vulner­able boys wait for real life to begin — before coming out as real men. The film seeks out the actors in the side wings where they, looking at them­selves in a mirror, speak frankly about their personal lives.

Title: Jongens waren we
Year: 2015
Duration : 52 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2016

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