This Ain't California

This Ain't California
This Ain't California

Year

2012

Duration

100 minutes

Genres

Coming of Age, Documentary, Sport

Language

German

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Synopsis

This fascinating and haunting German documentary-style portrait of '80s skater culture in East Berlin tells the story of rebel and risk-taker Denis "Panik" Paraceck and the community he formed around the city's small but vibrant street-culture scene. A promising swimmer, he turned his back on his rigid training regime to find an outlet for his identity and vent for his frustrations at living in the rigidly controlled Soviet-era society, when doing things just for fun was frowned upon by the authorities. As he connected with skateboarders in the West under the disapproving eye of the Stasi secret police, the price of freedom put him under mounting pressure.

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15 Classification

Contains sexualised nudity and soft drug use.

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