In Focus: Chances at Risk
A fair chance for a good life. No more and no less is what the young protagonists aim to find – not always in line their parents’ expectations, they explore new paths of emancipation – either through education, new gender attributions and cultural innovations.
While Harry reminds us about illiteracy within the so-called western world and the social divisions that come with it (H is for Harry), Ghorban demonstrates what it means, when a lack of political willpower neglects the chances for a new start after migration (Coeur de Pierre). In Before Father gets back and Snowy Roads we witness how patriarchal structures and traditional gender roles make equality impossible for girls even in the 21st Century. In The next Guardian youthful spirit of renewal meets established family traditions in Bhutan and we discover astonishing similarities to our own ways of growing up.