CHILDREN OF UTOPIA
Six young adults look back on their primary school years together in an inclusion class. They reflect on their experiences – and look to the future. A touching and closely observing documentary by Hubertus Siegert.
The documentary film CHILDREN OF UTOPIA achieved something unique on the German market: With a clear strategy, director Hubertus Siegert succeeded in creating the first successful German cinema on demand film: “In one evening, Siegert turns cinemas across Germany into a ‘place of experience’. “
The principle of cinema on demand is easy to explain: there must be a sufficient number of people interested in a particular film of their choice and reserve cinema tickets. In this way, cinemas are convinced to include the desired film in their program.
Siegert’s plan worked: the film ran in one evening in 170 cinemas in Germany, supported by 1,000 volunteers, reached over 20,000 moviegoers and is one of the most successful German documentaries in 2019.
“Because it was part of the class system, it was more accepted that there are different speeds in learning. This acceptance is important. That wasn’t the case later on anymore.”
“As a result of my studies, I am now very much confronted with the topics of travesty, transsexuality and homosexuality. That was something that was alien to me. And if I hadn’t been a student in an inclusion class, I could imagine that I would have had problems with it.”
CHILDREN OF UTOPIA: Teaser (German)
When the director Hubertus Siegert decided to bring the protagonists of the film KLASSENLEBEN again in front of the camera, there were several hurdles. First of all, all former children had to be contacted. After all protagonists showed interest in another shoot, the six – who meanwhile had no more private contact with each other – had to be prevented from seeing each other again before shooting began, so that the authenticity of the film was preserved. And finally there was only a very short time frame for the shoot: everything had to be completed within 7 days for cost reasons.
And it succeeded: In fact, every meeting in the film is authentic and the first reunion in a long time.
REACTIONS TO THE MOVIE
“At the moment the topic of inclusion is only examined from the perspective of adults, doctors, teachers, politicians. But we rarely find out how children actually experience inclusion. The film takes a unique look at it.”
Raul Krauthausen, inclusion activist
“The film does not want to be a plea for inclusion and yet it is exactly that: it shows how rich, colorful and different the world of us human beings can be and what possibilities and great wealth lies in the tasks that this diversity gives us.”
Wotan Wilke Möhring, actor
“THE CHILDREN OF UTOPIA is a small, big film. We are all always in the middle of our subjective dreams and stories, the film opens our eyes here and there to a bigger picture, very comforting and unpretentious, rather casual, as life happens to be. Bravo!”
Annette Frier, actress and supporter of special evening event
GERMANY 2019, 1h 22m © S.U.M.O. Film
Producer, Author and Director: Hubertus Siegert
Assistant Director: Josephine Links
Camera: Thomas Schneider, Marcus Winterbauer, Frank Marten Pfeiffer, Michel Links
Original Movie Sound: André Zacher, Lorenz Fischer, Etienne Haug, Benjamin Simon
Music: F. S. Blumm
Film Management: Ulrich Adomat
Supervising Sound Editor: André Zacher
Sound Department: Stefan Korte
Art Department: Propaganda B
Outreach-Kampagne: Susanne Bauer, Ben Kempas, Christine von Kirschbaum, Raul Krauthausen, Tina Sander, Eva Thoms