Sleepy and too late again, Sanita sneaks into the classroom. She sits down next to Bright who is hiding his face behind his folded arms as if this would make him invisible. Laethicia adjusts her plastic crown on her head and blankly stares at the slide rule, while Fuat prefers to dream about riding in a car with his father. Fuat, Sanita, Bright and Laethicia live in Berlin and they are all confronted with the same problem: they are first graders. It does not matter whether they are Nigerian, Bosnian, German or Turkish; for the 7 year-olds going to school means the daily confrontation with the feeling of being different. However, there is no place for emotions in a packed classroom. Everyday life is a lonesome rat race for adjustment and accomplishment. But who will get a chance and who will be left behind? A moving journey back to childhood.
Best Cinematography IFFF Dortmund | Collogne 2009
Promotional Awards Landesmedienzentrale Rheinland-Pfalz (25. Video-Film-Tage Gera 2008)
Ecumenical Jury Award (nominated), Achtung Berlin Festival 2008