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Instrument for Every Child, An (Jedem Kind ein Instrument - Ein Jahr mit vier Toenen)

Scene from "An Instrument for Every Child" (photo © SUR Films/Juergen Metzendorf)

The title is the name of the game. Every single one of the over 200,000 primary school children in Germany’s largest federal state will receive a musical instrument of his or her choice, become familiar with it and play it. The film provides insight into an ambitious educational project that is already a subject of discussion all over Germany.

In a region where the past industrial age is still visibly evident, between garden plots and kiosk culture, director Oliver Rauch takes a closer look at four children of different ages and milieus: Kerem and Esraguel, Turkish immigrants; Motomu, Japanese; and Joana, German. He accompanies the young pupils in their classes and families for a year.

We recall the great Yehudi Menuhin, who once said that social harmony or a positive relationship to nature is not possible without music. Will the music move something in them? And how will the children themselves change their social environment through music?

Oliver Rauch was born in 1966 in Goslar. He studied Psychology, Literature and Theater & Media Studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. In 2000 he graduated from the "Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television in Potsdam. His work as a writer and director of both fiction and documentaries includes: Oskar Sala - The Former Future Of Sound, an award-winning feature length documentary; his fiction short films Chinese Whispers (F.W. Murnau Award among others) and The Climber (Silver Torch at the Empire State Festival in NYC), both of which were shown at numerous international festivals. His latest feature length documentary An Instrument for Every Child is currently in German theatres. Additionally Oliver Rauch also works as a script consultant/doctor and lectures at several film schools.
Genre Educational, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Oliver Rauch
Screenplay Oliver Rauch
Cinematography Boris Becker
Klemens Radke
Simon Stockhausen
Producer Detlef Ziegert
Production Company SUR Films/Cologne, in co-production with WDR
Length 90 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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