SCHULE, SCHULE – DIE ZEIT NACH BERG FIDEL
After her master's degree in film and television studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Hella Wenders (*1977) studied film directing at DFFB German Film and Television Academy Berlin. During her film studies Hella Wenders shot many fictional films as academic projects and also diverse short documentaries, e.g. for Oxfam and the band Die Toten Hosen in Africa, Asia and Central America.
Her graduate film BERG FIDEL - EINE SCHULE FÜR ALLE won the Lüdia award at the Filmfest Lünen 2011, and was nominated for the German Film Award and turned out to be a big success in the cinemas where it sold 40,000 tickets. Hella Wenders now belongs to the new talents of German Documentary Cinema and her current project, the sequel SCHULE, SCHULE – DIE ZEIT NACH BERG FIDEL, has already been met with great interest and attention.
In SCHULE, SCHULE – DIE ZEIT NACH BERG FIDEL Hella Wenders continues to tell the stories of the four children from part one of her documentary (BERG FIDEL).
David, Jakob, Anita and Lucas went to the inclusive elementary school “Berg Fidel”, a school that specialises in teaching children with special educational needs. Now their sheltered time in elementary school is over and we follow the protagonists on their way into various secondary schools. Dreams, hopes, fears, worries: we experience the trials and tribulations of their new life stages and how they can cope with their impairments. Meanwhile, Sabina, a girl with special needs, is allowed to stay at the elementary school Berg Fidel beyond fourth grade. A longer period of learning together - from the first to the tenth grade - has become possible at the Primus model school from summer 2014.
How are the other secondary schools prepared for special learning requirements? How are the protagonists’ chances at the respective educational institutions with the kind of school reports they have received? How can the different parties support the four protagonists in the difficult stage of adolescence? Or are they entirely on their own? These will not be the only questions that arise when we accompany the four youngsters close up and at eye level in this decisive time in their lives.
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
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