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Berlin Rebel High School (2016)

You hated school when you were young? Your kids refuse to get up in the morning, because they feel the same? Maybe this documentary shows a solution... Hidden in one of Berlin's backyards ... See full summary »


Alexander Kleider
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Credited cast:
Hanil Altunergil Hanil Altunergil ... Himself
Alex Bäke Alex Bäke ... Himself
Lena Christof Lena Christof ... Herself
Florian Geissler Florian Geissler ... Himself
Mimy Girnstein Mimy Girnstein ... Herself
Marvin Metag Marvin Metag ... Himself
Klaus Trappmann Klaus Trappmann ... Himself
Beate Ulreich Beate Ulreich ... Herself


You hated school when you were young? Your kids refuse to get up in the morning, because they feel the same? Maybe this documentary shows a solution... Hidden in one of Berlin's backyards is one of Germany's most ambitious high schools. What makes it so special? It is entirely organized by its students - without any outside funding. The pupils pay their own teachers and decide what they want to learn. No headmaster, no hierarchy and no pressure. And it works? Watch the film and decide yourself. Tired of the pressure and mobbing in state schools, Alex, Mimy and Hanil registered themselves. They have two years time to prepare for the final test which is hold by the government. Due the absence of the typical enemies, the students have to learn to discipline themselves. They are forced to reflect each other, to motivate each other and last but not least, also to support each other. Will they pass the highest school degree successfully even nonbody force them to learn? BERLIN REBEL HIGH ...

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11 May 2017 (Germany) See more »

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Everyone needs an Uncle Klausi
17 October 2016 | by parnissiaSee all my reviews

I saw this premiere at the Austin Film Festival and it was a really heartwarming documentary and discussion about the state of the high school system in Germany, which tests students on their ability to memorize facts and equations without true comprehension of the material. It follows a class of former high school dropouts/suspendees as they navigate their way through Berlin's "Rebel High School" that is manned by a group of progressive, thoughtful and truly remarkable teachers that have themselves taken issue with traditional teaching methods and the education system. Klaus in particular is the type of teacher, mentor and friend we all could only dream of having. I have tears in my eyes just thinking back to how heartfelt his messages were, and how much he cared about setting up his students for success. These teachers work for modest wages (even by Berlin standards) in a system that isn't perfect, but that they care deeply about and as such, have stuck around for decades. The film follows a class of students from their debut into the school system through to the day of the final grade. Watching the metamorphosis of students like Hanil, especially, put a tear in my eye - and I wasn't the only one in the audience who loved seeing him transform from lazy and unmotivated to confident, focused and capable. What especially stood out to me in this debut film was the camera work (the drone footage of Berlin was outstanding), the original music and the title sequences. Really well done, and hope to see more from this emerging filmmaker!

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