“Be-Longing” is the story of a young boy aged 9 years old who has been placed in care and is living in a foster home. Removed from violent and chaotic birth parents after a series of family breakdowns, he is torn between accepting the trust, kindness, and security of his foster family and remaining ‘loyal’ to his birth parents who he still loves dearly. Self-destruction, despair, anger, betrayal, hope, and salvation are all themes within this film. The struggle to regain the childhood of this young man who has not yet experienced the innocence of youth is, unfortunately not uncommon for many of today’s youth placed in care or living in broken homes. “Be-Longing” shows this boy’s journey from his very first day ‘in care’ and charts his progress along the way.
Directed by Mike McKenzie (UK)