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Film still from HIGH SCHOOL II. Stundents sitting in a classroom.

Wed 18.05.

  • Director

    Frederick Wiseman

  • USA / 1994
    220 min. / 16 mm / Original version

  • Original language


  • Cinema

    Arsenal 2

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Video introduction: Jim McKay

HIGH SCHOOL and the four-part film about the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind: Schools and the transmission of knowledge are one of the most important strands of Wiseman's work. Twenty-six years after making HIGH SCHOOL, Wiseman again decided to observe daily life in a public school. By choosing the highly successful Central Park East Secondary School in New York’s Spanish Harlem, New York (up to 95% of the students went on to college), he was showing us an institution that was almost the exact opposite of the first and thus acted as a commentary to the earlier film. Obedience and passivity are not what is transmitted here; the teachers use alternative teaching methods and trust the students’ own sense of responsibility. (hb)

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  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media