By means of a sharp publicistic film the authors enter into “on equal ground” conversation with the young people who enter in life or who’ve taken their first independent steps in it. The problems confronted by them are of a new nature for the society. Several young fellows wind up on trial after smashing a train carriage as they are returning from the rock concert, others become extreme examples of “punks” who view Soviet reality as “upside down”. A sixteen-year-old girl accused of stealing a dress tries to commit suicide by jumping out a window in a police station. A young man becomes an amateur filmmaker making a Kafkaesque avant-garde film, while another youth becomes a follower of the Hare Krishnas. Several other young people say they have turned to drugs, while a teenage girl who appeared in the opening as a child having a good time now has a child of her own and no idea what her future will be. And there are those who join the army and are sent to Afghanistan.
“Is It Easy To Be Young?” provoked interest in documentary film-making and made Podnieks famous all over the world. The film was bought by 85 countries in the world, a huge number for a Latvian film.
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