37°: A Time of Decisions – When Boys become Men

Four years after “A Time of Miracles,” we wanted to know how our heroes Benny and Renke were doing today. The teenage boys we met back then have grown up quite a bit. They are 19 and 20 years old, and both are facing major decisions. In the spring of 2004, we began filming a remarkable documentary project for ZDF and Arte. We accompanied several young people and their families for over three years as they experienced their own personal adventures during puberty. Aired on ZDF as part of the 37 Grad series in 2007, this long-term documentation titled “A Time of Miracles” shows these personal adventures. It focuses on the children’s feelings as they grow up: their desires and disappointments, their adventures, and their everyday lives. How do they themselves experience puberty, this miraculous time? And now what has become of them – four years later? Renke, who lives in Leipzig, and Benny, who lives in Bavaria, were twelve and thirteen years old when we began shooting in 2004. They played cowboys and Indians, experimented with alcohol and cigarettes, and fell in love for the first time. They had big plans, wanted to be a lawyer or a musician. What is left of those plans? Where are Renke and Benny in their lives in 2011? Four years after broadcasting the first season, the audience can see the two boys again. Now they are living in a time of decisions. They are between 19 and 20 years old, have moved out of their parents’ homes and more or less successfully taken their lives in their own hands. Renke is looking for the right job while Benny still dreams of having a career as a rapper. They are experiencing the feeling that things have only just started!

Broadcast date:Dienstag 5. April 2011 um 22:15 Uhr im ZDF
Written and directed by:Dominique Klughammer
Editorial advisor:Susanne Becker, Michael Petsch (ZDF)
Production:Ulrike Römhild
Line producer:Anke Meyer
Producer:Martina Sprengel
Executive producer:Hartmut Klenke
Filming location:Leipzig, München