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by Petter Aaberg, Sverre Kvamme


In 2017 Petter (24) decides to end his life, but at the very last moment, is stopped by the police. His best friend and fellow film student Sverre is determined to help and suggests making a film to keep Petter busy and focused on getting better. Equipped with a camera, they search the streets of Oslo to find out how other troubled souls deal with their lives. With a naive and spontaneous approach, they end up in dramatic and unpredictable situations. They meet Monica, whose past has led her to self-injurious behavior. Oliver and Cornelia, both escaping their demons with alcohol and drugs, and Emma, who is transsexual, lesbian, and proud of who she is. They also meet Miriam, who becomes Petter's girlfriend. By getting to know their destructive patterns, Petter becomes aware of his own. He sets off on a bumpy therapeutic journey, that eventually brings light into his darkness. Young and Afraid is an authentic and raw documentary about choosing to live.

international title: Young and Afraid
original title: Nattebarn
working title: Nightcrawlers
country: Norway
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Petter Aaberg, Sverre Kvamme
film run: 100'
cinematography by: Petter Aaberg, Sverre Kvamme
film editing: Christoffer Heie
producer: Carsten Aanonsen
co-producer: Patricia Drati
production: Indie Film as
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