Since the spring of 2015, the DFF (German Film Institute) has been offering a platform called “Blickwechsel Jetzt!” (Change of Perspective Now!) for Frankfurt teenagers, aged 14 to 18, both with and without refugee backgrounds. This platform is designed to facilitate cultural engagement and social interaction. It has successfully reached approximately 1,000 young individuals who have found DFF to be a welcoming place, providing them with an opportunity to connect outside the constraints of school and daily life.
On a monthly basis, a group of about 15-20 teenagers gather for a shared dinner, followed by a collective viewing of a film at the DFF’s cinema. The film selection ranges from contemporary releases to timeless classics and international short film collections. These films are then discussed during a post-screening get-together. Notably, the teenagers have taken on an active role in curating the film program on select occasions. Additionally, they showcase their favorite films in a dedicated program at the LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers.
The film club was created in partnership with Aktive Schule Frankfurt and is run in cooperation with the Kolpinghaus Frankfurt. Starting in 2022, the film club has been receiving support from the “Löwenstark” funding program provided by the Hessian Ministry of Education.