Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse

A film by Maria Speth. In German with English subtitles.

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Where does one feel at home? In Stadtallendorf, a German city with a com­plex histo­ry of both exclu­ding and inte­gra­ting for­eig­ners, geni­al tea­cher Dieter Bachmann offers his pupils the key to at least fee­ling as if they are at home. Aged bet­ween twel­ve and four­te­en, the­se pupils come from twel­ve dif­fe­rent nati­ons; some have not qui­te mas­te­red the German lan­guage. On the brink of reti­re­ment, Bachmann is eager to inspi­re the­se citi­zens-in-the-making with a sen­se of curio­si­ty for a wide ran­ge of crafts, sub­jects, cul­tures and opi­ni­ons. Watching this absor­bing, sen­si­ti­ve docu­men­ta­ry, one is over­whel­med with the rea­li­sa­ti­on that, if only all child­ren were bles­sed with such emo­tio­nal­ly intel­li­gent, ever-pati­ent edu­ca­tors, con­flict would be miti­ga­ted via dis­cus­sion and John Lennon’s “Imagine” could be our rea­li­ty. Those who, like filmma­ker Maria Speth and her cine­ma­to­gra­pher Reinhold Vorschneider, are able to reco­gni­se and high­light so beau­ti­ful­ly not only the impor­t­ance of edu­ca­ti­on but also what a quiet­ly spec­ta­cu­lar pro­cess it can be, are heroes in their own right, too.

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Credits:

DE 2021, 217 Minuten, dt. OmeU
Regie: Maria Speth
Buch: Maria Speth, Reinhold Vorschneider
Kamera: Reinhold Vorschneider
Schnitt: Maria Spethm
mit: Dieter Bachmann, Aynur Bal, Önder Cavdar und den Schüler*innen der Klassen 6 b und 6 f

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