The east-German town of Golzow is running out of children. To save his village from disappearing, mayor Frank Schütz has an idea: Syrian refugee-families are to move to Golzow and provide the village with the new blood they so badly require. Can this end well?
Once the East German village of Golzow was famous for Winfried Junge’s long-term film project “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 few children and a movie museum with too few visitors – and lots of memories of better times.
“Refugees are an opportunity”, Mayor Frank Schütz states – and that is why two Syrian families have now found shelter in Golzow. Schütz dreams of a growing fire department, a sports- as well as a danceclub.
Family Sayed Ahmad for their part is trying to begin a new life in Golzow. Halima and Fahdi try to adapt – being friendly throughout and studying German with perseverance. Their children 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.
THE NEW CHILDREN OF GOLZOW
Documentary by Simone Gaul
Germany 2017, 90 min, HD
INDI FILM, SWR and MDR
MFG regional fund Baden-Württemberg,
German Federal Film Board FFA, Bread for the World
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
DOK Leipzig 2017 International Programme