À NOUS LE CINÉMA !
The passion for cinema unites people around the world and transcends borders. The powerful unifying force of this affection is exemplified by the international film education project “Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse” (CCAJ). This initiative has successfully integrated film, along with other arts, into the framework of aesthetic education in French schools. As a pioneering program, CCAJ has served as an inspiration for many other film education initiatives in different countries.
The closing event of À NOUS LE CINÉMA! took place for the first time in Germany in collaboration with the DFF at the Caligari FilmBühne in Wiesbaden. From June 5 to 7, around 300 young participants from Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, France, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico and Portugal met to present their films. The discussions were lively and offered new perspectives on the films. For an entire school year, nearly 1,000 participants from 14 countries, aged eight to 18, watched together excerpts from film history and engaged in exercises related to the annual theme of centration/decentration in film, guided by filmmakers. After an intense period of aesthetic reflection, they created their own films.
The renowned director Wim Wenders was the patron of this year’s edition. His Wim Wenders Foundation has always been committed to supporting young talent and film education. On June 6, Wenders discussed their films with the young filmmakers from all over the world. After watching a clip from Wenders’ film PARIS, TEXAS (FR/DE 1984) together, Wenders and film theorist, director and CCAJ co-founder Alain Bergala discussed the aesthetics and craftsmanship of filmmaking, with a particular focus on this year’s theme, “Centered/Decentered.”
It was a vibrant few days, full of stimulating conversations, valuable encounters and impressive films presented by the young people to a large international audience. Our thanks go to them and, of course, to all the sponsors who made it possible to bring À NOUS LE CINÉMA ! to Germany for the first time after 28 years in Paris!
In addition to the DFF, the partners actively involved in E*CCAJ include Arte Urbana Collectif (Bulgaria), Os Filhos de Lumiere – associacao cultural (Portugal), the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI, University of Bremen), and the Institute for Research on Cinema and Audiovisual (IRCAV, Sorbonne Nouvelle University) in Paris.
The workshop for the academic year 2022/23 at the IGS Herder was made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain within the project KUNSTVOLL.
Special thanks to the Wim Wenders Foundation and the Institut Francais Frankfurt