This documentary is about the director Joris Ivens and his most important films, including Regen, Borinage, Spanische Erde, 400 Millionen, and Die Seine trifft sich mit Paris. The film depicts Ivens in the editing room, attending congresses, and discussing his work.
A sailor on a large cargo ship is good at his job but is also a philanderer and a rogue. Numerous shore leaves create complicated situations with women until the higher-ups decide that the sailor needs to settle down with a wife.
Ten-year-old Toni is a little scatterbrained, so his parents warn him to take extra good care of his little sister Rita on their first solo train trip to their grandmother in Bamsdorf. But of course Toni doesn't pay attention and gets off at the wrong station, leaving Rita behind in the train.
Little Tim Tammer, the son of a lighthouse keeper, lives right on the Baltic Sea beach, but his remote home often leaves him feeling lonely. When Young Pioneers pitch their tents nearby, he is overjoyed and quickly makes new friends.
This historical drama is set in Spain at the time of Philipp II. When soldiers are stationed in the village of Zalamea, Captain Don Alvaro takes up quarters in the house of Pedro Crespo, a wealthy and respected farmer, but while staying there, he rapes Isabel, Crespo's daughter.
The young dragon is timid and shy because of his negative experiences. Miguelito, the farmer's son, takes care of the dragon. Together they fight a witch and return the bird of happiness to the princess. The dragon, Miguelito and the princess become close friends.
Mistress Holle, the head of the "Brothers Grimm" agricultural collective, is responsible for supervising two women with very different working styles. Maria Gold is diligent and dependable, while lazy Maria Pech is never able to deliver quality products.
High-school senior Peter considers the adults around him to be hypocritical, self-congratulatory and immersed in the past. He gets suspended for writing an essay that his teachers see as a challenge to the state.
Susanne (17) and Robert (18) want to get married, but because Susanne is still under-aged, she needs parental permission. With twin babies and tight finances, the newlyweds soon feel overwhelmed, and dealing with everything makes them forget the love that originally brought them together.
Cow herder Krischan Klammbüdel is the best friend of the children of Kummerow. Yet the adults do him a great injustice - they drive him out of their town and the innocence of their children's blissful childhood disappears with him.
Based on the "Kummerow" books by Ehm Welk.