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Dem ostdeutschen Dorf Golzow gehen die Kinder aus. Um sein Dorf vor dem Verschwinden zu retten, hat Bürgermeister Frank Schütz eine Idee: Syrische Flüchtlingsfamilien mit ihren Kindern sollen nach Golzow ziehen und dem Dorf den dringend benötigten Nachwuchs bringen. Kann das gut gehen?

Once the eastern 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.
“Die neuen Kinder von Golzow” tells the story of the village and its experiment while drawing a sensitive portrait of the family Sayed Ahmad.

Die neuen Kinder von Golzow Website

DIE NEUEN KINDER VON GOLZOW
Dokumentarfilm von Simone Gaul
Deutschland 2017, 90 min, HD

PRODUKTION
INDI FILM, SWR und MDR

FÖRDERUNG
MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg,
Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, Brot für die Welt

FESTIVALS UND PREISE
DOK Leipzig 2017 International Programme