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Wotenick

Wotenick

Mecklenburg-Pommerania, in the Federal Republic of Germany.
There are tens of thousands of unemployed people in the district of Demmin. Sociologists describe this place as one of the 'disconnected' regions of the new Laender. Many grow up here with an ingrained feeling of having been 'socially demoted'. A private educational organisation is currently attempting to help twenty-five hand-picked young individuals to make the transition into the workplace. The organisation's committed educators are faced with the difficult task of trying to combat the drastic sense of personal and social deficiency harboured by these young people. It is their mission to have found either a job or a training scheme for their charges after just one year.
Wotenick, summer 1999. This film observes the daily routine of those involved on the course - from secondary education to woodwork to home economics.
A poetic documentary about imperfect people, who have every right to be happy but who just don't have a chance.
Category Documentary
Director Axel Kalhorn
Screenplay Axel Kalhorn
Cinematography Volker Gerling
Elke Mueller
Producer Henriette Geiss
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Runtime 60 min
Format 16 mm, color
Language
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Berlin 2000: New German Films, Munich 2000: Documentary Film Festival, Sibiu 2000: in competition, Neubrandenburg 2000: in competition

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