Seventeen-year-old gymnast Susanne hopes to join the national team, but she is struggling at practice because she can't seem to land her new routine for the uneven bars. At the same time, her grades begin to slip at school and she has trouble in her personal relationships.
Two 17-year-olds, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier; but at the front, Werner begins to understand the senselessness of war. When Gilbert is hanged by the SS, Werner turns his gun on his own army.
Two boys from West Berlin, Klaus and Max, live in poverty. They dream of a career in boxing and save every penny in order to buy boxing gloves for training. Nevertheless, they cannot seem to save enough and so they let themselves be hired by the bartender Klott for a twisted scheme.
Alice is a drama teacher who goes on a cultural mission to a small town where the most bizarre occurrences are commonplace.
Despite his lack of enthusiasm, film student Ralf is assigned to make a documentary about a team of six women workers at a light bulb factory in Berlin. At first, the team seems to work and get along together without a hitch.
International delegations from various youth organizations come to Berlin to demonstrate their international solidarity at the first Free German Youth "Deutschlandtreffen" in 1950.
This documentary about youth in Schulzendorf, a small town in the northeast of the GDR, features commentary from town residents. The film emphasizes the ways in which children, teenagers and young adults are integrated into the life of this rural community.
In August 1961, the former Foreign Legionnaire, King, has collected a gang of hooligans with whom he creates mischief in the GDR. After some careless work on a construction site that leads to two deaths, the gang moves to a campsite on the Baltic Sea.
Friendship, fun and contemplation characterize the lives of a group of twenty-year-olds who spend their summer vacation in Prerow on the Baltic Sea. In brief interviews, they discuss their past achievements, future plans, dreams and perspectives.
Berlin in the 1960s. Olaf (Dieter Mann) and Horst (Kaspar Eichel) are two young metalworkers, who provoke their older colleagues with critiques of the antiquated equipment and lack of materials...