For the first time, the festival presented a selection of films for children and young people, curated and presented by a youth jury. Pupils of the 10th In summer, the Maxim-Gorki-School in Bad Saarow spent a week in the morning at the “Cinema Bad Saarow” and watched films for children and young people from five different countries and three continents. Together with the filmmakers and project managers Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz, they spoke and wrote about the films – and selected their favourites for this year’s school cinema programme. So they took on the role of film critics and jurors.
The young people not only asked themselves questions about how a film is made, but also about how it might relate to the reality of life for young people here and now in Germany. On the Thursday of the festival, the youth jury presented their film selection – the documentary “Our Big Little Farm” by US filmmaker John Chester and the film “Chuskit” by Indian director Priya Ramasubban – to the invited school classes. Actor Steve Windolf, who grew up in Fürstenwalde, then discussed what he had seen with the young people. Photo: Boris Trenkel/FILM WITHOUT BORDERS