The Lives of Mecca

Steffano Etter
Italy, Switzerland 2015 | 54 Min. | OmeU
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This is ther­a­py. This is the Mecca.” On Coney Island there is a court where a group of men comes togeth­er every single day: Amer­i­can Hand­ball is their sport and pas­sion. Others just come for watch­ing, bet­ting and cross­word puz­zles. At first glance they are social out­casts gath­er­ing here. Film­mak­er Ste­fano Etter found ex-pris­on­er Tom, drifter Patrick and Crazy Johnny among them. Alter­nate­ly they tell their sto­ries about living in prob­lem­at­ic areas, where vio­lence, drugs and sol­i­dar­i­ty play a major role in every­day life. For them, hand­ball doesn’t just mean leisure time. The court becomes the center of their lives and the sup­port they need to cope with their problems.