Jan 30, 2014
Nothing Like Before: Homophobia Condemns a Gay Teen
In the German tv movie Nichts mehr wie vorher (Nothing is Like Before, 2013), a young boy is molested and murdered, and 16-year old Daniel Grudermann (24-year old Jonas Nay, top left) becomes the prime suspect.
Daniel's mother and lawyer support him, but his father is suspicious, especially when he discovers a link to a gay hookup site on Daniel's laptop. Gay men are uniquely violent, prone to murder those who reject their advances, right?
When news of Daniel's gayness reaches his classmates and the townsfolk, they call for his lynching.
Then someone else confesses to the crime, and Daniel is released. He goes home.
But he can't go home again. He can't forget the suspicions and accusations, particularly from his father. He now knows what's lurking just beneath the smiling "hello" of tolerance.
This is a gripping, depressing story about the tenaciousness of homophobia.