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All the better to see you with!
A documentary film programme for children and young people
60% film
20% documentation
20% experience

Eighteen film examples of how the fairy-tale is saving documentary film.

When wishing still helped, fairy-tales saved lives; not only Scheherazade escapes death thanks to story-telling. As Alexander Kluge says: “Anyone who laughs about fairy-tales has never been in trouble.” There is an attraction shared by fairy-tales and documentary films: Both narrate and satisfy our hunger for meaning congealed into stories.
So why not ask documentary film where and how it sometimes does its ‘magic’ so as to tell the story even more elegantly, to convey the meaning even more precisely and, as a whole, more attractively for its audience?
The children’s and young people’s film programme “All the better to see you with!” focuses on the complicity between non-fictional strategies of documentary film and narrative fantasies of fairy-tales against the backdrop of analogies of both narrative techniques. Documentary film for children and young people turns out to be a particularly ‘successful fairy-tale’, that knows how to take advantage of the narrative and psychological strengths of the fairy-tale at just the right moment.
Like the fairy-tale, that sets out to enact people’s primordial fears in a form suitable for children, documentary films that focus on the living reality of children and young people use strategies of mediation: Difficult topics or unnecessarily brutal images are fictionalised, animated or re-enacted and thus translated for children. Even the saddest of experiences permit a hopeful outlook and a happy ending. As such, the fairy-tale is an exemplary field of negotiating happiness and calamity, discursifying wishes, and insisting on the success of good.

Festival centre

Mon 13/10, 9 am
Calle Overweg (D) “Die Villa”, 2005 / Knut Karger (D)“Onomatopoetikum”,
2006 / Film talk following with Calle Overweg (D)

Tue 14/10, 9 am
Wilma Ligthart (NL) “Ayla, das Tsunamigirl”, 2005 / Noud Holtman (NL)
“Samuel, zur Zahnspange verdammt”, 2002 / Boglárka and Róbert Pölcz (H)
“Safari”, 2001 / Film talk following with Wilma Ligthart (NL)

Wed 15/10, 9 am
Stanislaw Mucha (D) “Ein Wunder”, 1999 / Jochen Kraußer (DDR)
“Leuchtkraft der Ziege”, 1987 / Lisi Frischengruber (A)“Der Lauf der Dinge”,
1992 / Film talk following with Klaus-Dieter Felsmann (D)

Thu 16/10, 9 am
Martin Brand (D) “Breakdance”, 2003/2004 / Corinna Schnitt (D) “Zwischen
vier und sechs”, 1998 / Ruben Östlund (S) “Szene 6882 aus meinem Leben”,
2005 / Björk, Michel Gondry (GB) “Bachelorette”, 1997

Fri 17/10, 9 am
Hanna Heilborn, David Aronowitsch, Mats Johansson (S) “Versteckt”, 2002 /
Mischa Kamp (NL) “Naked”, 2006 / Sofie Thorsen (A) “Am Hauptplatz, im
Wald”, 2005 / Film talk following with Sofie Thorsen (A)

Kindermuseum FRida & freD

Mon 13/10 & Mon 20/10, 3 pm
Lotte Reiniger (D/GB) “Cinderella”, 1922 / “Aschenbrödel”, 1953/1954 / „Hänsel und Gretel“, 1953/1954

In co-operation with doxs! Duisburger Filmwoche, Goethe-Institut München,
Tate Britain & Progress Film-Verleih

Admission free

Festival centre
Mon 13/10, 9 am
Tue 14/10, 9 am
Wed 15/10, 9 am
Thu 16/10, 9 am
Fri 17/10, 9 am

Kindermuseum FRida & freD
Mon 13/10 & Mon 20/10, 3 pm

Curated by
Gudrun Sommer (D)

Film hosting by
Petra Erdmann (A), Stephanie Lang (D) & Roman Fasching (A)

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