The New Children of Golzow

a film by Simone Catharina Gaul

The New Children of Golzow

Germany | 2017 | 90:00 min

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Once the East German village Golzow was famous for Winfried Junge's longterm-filmproject "die Kinder von Golzow". But the fame faded with time: Today there are 857 inhabitants, a small bakery, a takeaway, a primary school with too little children and a movie museum with too little visitors. Only the many memories remind people of better times.
"Refugees are an opportunity", mayor Frank Schütz states – and that is why two syrian families have now found their shelter in Golzow. Therefore the school has got enough students and a wind of change blows through the village. Schütz dreams of a growing fire department, a sports- as well as a danceclub.
Family Sayed Ahmad for their part is attempting their new beginning. Halima and Fahdi try to adapt – being friendly throughout and studying German with perseverance. Their children do take part in the voluntary fire department and the family even settles with their own garden plot. But every time Halima thinks of her homeland she gets sad... and not everyone in Golzow is fine with the german refugee policy.
"The new Children of Golzow" tells the story of the village and its experiment while drawing a sensitive portrait of the family Sayed Ahmad.

DOK Leipzig 2017 - nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
35th Internationales FrauenFILMfestival Dortmund|Cologne 2018
35th Kassel DokFest
Cast and Crew
  • Director Simone Catharina Gaul
  • Director of Photography Niclas Reed Middleton
  • Editor Jan Bihl
  • Sound Dominik Leube, Oscar Stiebitz
  • Score Hannah von Hübbenet
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