May 2011, arsenal cinema

Classics Not Only For Children

This program series focuses on the documentary view of children's surroundings. The central event is the presentation of STADT LAND FLUSS (D 2009, Jan. 10) – schoolchildren from four schools in Berlin watched and made short documentaries in six one-week seminars (led by: Anna Faroqhi, Stefanie Schlüter, Haim Peretz, Darja Preuß). They came upon situations and small stories in their surroundings that were edited to a city film in a final workshop by pupils of the Evangelische Schule (Berlin-Mitte). The result is a portrait of Berlin from the perspective of children. A project supported by funds of the Berliner Projektfond Kulturelle Bildung.

We will also show BERLIN – AUGUSTSTRASSE (Günter Jordan, GDR 1980, Jan. 17), an informative documentary about children who lived there long before Auguststraße became a famous gallery mile, and ÊTRE ET AVOIR (To Be And To Have, Nicolas Philibert, F 2003, Jan. 24 & 31), giving a sensitive view of a French village school and its pupils.