A Year of Hope

Mikala Krogh, Denmark, 2017

80 min.DK/Documentary

The documentary is a coming-of-age story about a group of boys from the streets of the capital of the Philippines, Manila, who get a chance to change their lives. They are offered a one-year stay at the Stairway Project Rehabilitation Centre on an island far away from the city which, in comparison to their past lives, is a true paradise. Many of the boys have been sexually abused, are addicted to drugs, have been victims of domestic violence and have witnessed killings. The film’s protagonists are 13-year-old Tracy, who more than anything else wishes to be a ladyboy, and silent 15-year-old Joshua, who has forgotten how to smile. The film follows the boys’ development and attempts to escape their pasts, and investigates if it’s possible to change life paths which are already on the wrong track.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title A Year of Hope
Danish title Gadens børn - et år med håb
Keywords Philippines, The, Street children, Boys, Rehabilitation, 2010-2019
Director Mikala Krogh
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Morgan Knibbe
Editor Cathrine Ambus
Composer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Production country Denmark
International sales CAT&Docs / 18, rue Quincampoix / 75004 Paris / t +33 1 4461 7748 / cat@catndocs.com / catndocs.com
Danish theatrical release 28.02.2018
Comment Selected for IDFA’s Masters. Mikala Krogh’s most recent films as director, The Newsroom – Off the Record (2014) and One Day at a Time (2012), were both selected for IDFA.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11


Executive Producer Danish Documentary Production
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Mikala Krogh


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Co-producer Bruno Felix
Co-producer Femke Wolting
Financial producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Executive producer Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Executive producer Mikala Krogh
Executive producer Eva Mulvad
Associate producer Kirstine Barfod
Associate producer Kasper Lykke Schultz


Cinematographer Morgan Knibbe


Editor Cathrine Ambus


Composer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen


Sound recordist Taco Drijfhout

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2018-09-20
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2018-05-11
München Documentary Festival 2018-05-02
CPH:DOX 2018-03-15
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2018-03-05
Amsterdam, IDFA 2017-11-15
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