DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The New Children of Golzow

The New Children of Golzow

There is a film museum in Golzow, a small town in the Oderbruch in Brandenburg. This is where from 1961 to 2007 one of the biggest long-term projects in film history, entitled “The Children of Golzow”, was produced, a chronicle of its inhabitants from their first school day to long after the reunification. The school was almost closed in the meantime, for even Golzow is not exempt from the problems of the region: people move into the cities, shops close down, the society is aging and falling apart.

But new children are coming to Golzow – the children of Syrian refugee families. Quite calmly and with a sharp eye for the beauty of situations Simone Catharina Gaul illuminates the everyday life of integration in the country. The newcomers learn German and fishing, attend drills of the voluntary fire fighters and sing German children’s songs. “The most beautiful sight: a school with kids”, the mayor once says, pointing at the schoolyard behind him. Indeed, it is the most beautiful sight! For this is where “The New Children of Golzow” reach the point where “The Children of Golzow” began in 1961.

Lukas Stern

Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


Original Title: Die neuen Kinder von Golzow
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic, German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Simone Catharina Gaul
Producer: Arek Gielnik, Dietmar Ratsch
Cinematographer: Niclas Reed Middleton
Editor: Jan Bihl
Music: Hannah von Hübbenet
Sound: Dominik Leube, Oscar Stiebitz
Script: Simone Catharina Gaul

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