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MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS (HERR BACHMANN UND SEINE KLASSE)

MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS
© Madonnen Film

MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS follows the lessons and social interactions of a 6th grade class in Stadtallendorf in the German state Hesse. The teacher Dieter Bachmann employs unconventional methods of freely engaging in conversation with his students, playing music with them, and taking on the role of their empathetic yet critical counterpart. The class is composed of children from various milieus, and reflects the sociocultural history of the city and its local industry. The first migrant workers arrived in the early Sixties, from Italy, Greece and Turkey. But the town’s history of foreign workforce goes back to the Nazi Regime. During WW II, Stadtallendorf was the biggest European production site for explosives and munitions. The major part of the empoyees were forced laborer from German-occupied countries.
Genre Children & Youth, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2021
Director Maria Speth
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Producer Maria Speth
Runtime 217 min
Format cs
Language
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Festivals Berlin International Film Festival 2021; BFI London Film Festival 2021; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2020; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2021; DOC NYC Film Festival 2021; Philadelphia Film Festival 2021
Awards Silver Bear Jury Prize at Berlin International Film Festival 2021
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, HessenFilm und Medien
German Distributor Grandfilm Verleih

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