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7 OR WHY I EXIST (7 ODER WARUM ICH AUF DER WELT BIN)

7 OR WHY I EXIST
Scene from 7 OR WHY I EXIST (photo © Antje Starost Film Produktion)

What a question! And who could answer it?

This film takes us down an unusual path. Children take us into their world, into their lives and show us what really matters to them, what they love, what is important to them, what makes them laugh and what makes them cry.

Seven children from around the world develop their own answers. They tell us their stories: with amazement for the world around them and the desire to make a difference.

What does it mean to be a child today? A film about childhood and the universe of children. Authentic and serious, with the power of imagination, subtlety and humor.

How children see the world, before they forget how to ask the questions no one can answer. A film about a world that often remains hidden to grown-ups. A mirrored view of the world and a trip back to one’s own childhood. Watching children’s thoughts.


Antje Starost studied Education and is a graduate of the German Film & Television Academy (dffb). Since founding Antje Starost Film Produktion in 1980, she has been active as a producer, writer and director. Her films include: MARIKA AND CATERINA (1981), SCHUHMANN (1985), WURLITZER OR INVENTING PRESENT TIME (1985), PAINTING IS LIVNG - FRITZ KÖTHE (1987), FACES (1988), DEM (1989), CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (1992), THE DIPLOMAT (1995), ELENA UND PANCHA (2000), MUMMY'S BOY (2003), STÉPHANE HESSEL (2008), 7 OR WHY I EXIST (2010), and LOVE IN THE TIME OF RESISTANCE - FREYA (2016).

Hans Helmut Grotjahn studied Political Science and is active as a photographer, director of photography, screenwriter and director. His films include: MARIKA AND CATERINA (1981), SCHUHMANN (1985), WURLITZER OR INVENTING PRESENT TIME (1985), PAINTING IS LIVNG - FRITZ KÖTHE (1987), FACES (1988), DEM (1989), CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (1992), THE DIPLOMAT (1995), ELENA UND PANCHA (2000), MUMMY'S BOY (2003), STÉPHANE HESSEL (2008), 7 OR WHY I EXIST (2010), and LOVE IN THE TIME OF RESISTANCE - FREYA (2016).
Genre Society, Children & Youth, Educational
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Directors Antje Starost, Hans Helmut Grotjahn
Screenplay Antje Starost, Hans Helmut Grotjahn
Cinematography Hans Helmut Grotjahn
Anne Berrini
Büdi Siebert
Producer Antje Starost
Production Company Antje Starost Film Produktion, in co-production with WDR, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hof 2010, Biberach 2010, Internationale Stuttgarter Kinderfilmtage 2010, KOLIBRI La Paz 2011 (In Competition), Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth Vancouver 2011 (In Competition), Oulu International Children's Film Festival 2011, Cinesparks Brisbane 2011, Zlin 2011, Vilnius 2011, Great Little Cinema Milan 2011, 13th Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2011, 16th Children`s Film Festival Mexico City 2011, International Children's Filmfestival Brussels 2011, 7th IFF for Children and Young People in Armenia 2011, Beirut 2011, Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival 2011, Festival International Du Film d'Arras 2011, 14th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People 2011, 7th Children's Film Festival Seattle 2012, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2012

Awards Best Documentary Biberach 2010, Adult Jury Award Best Film Vancouver 2011, Grand Prix & Best Documentary 7th IFF for Children and Young People in Armenia 2011, 14th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People 2011, Special Prize Olympia 2011
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, MEDIA Plus, Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst

World Sales
Starost Film Verleih & Vertrieb
Antje Starost
Wielandstrasse 42a
12159 Berlin/Germany
phone +49-30-8 52 32 62
starostfilm@t-online.de
http://www.starostfilm.de

Contact
Renate Zylla (Festival Contact)
rzylla@arcor.de