Candidates

Dokus
Independent
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German (Germany)
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The documentary film is about a special needs classroom in Berlin. The film shows how the class is a microcosm of power struggles mirroring in the adult world. When a dedicated teacher introduces human rights issues and democratic decision-making, the dynamics in the class change. Yannik is the leader of class 7a. Yousuf and Marcel would rather have him as a friend than as an enemy, otherwise they might end up like Emanuel. Sitting in a corner, unwanted and lonely, he gets beaten up regularly. But Emanuel shrugs off these offenses and violations with surprising gentleness. All in one boat, the roles are firmly distributed. But when the teacher introduces the topics of democracy, ethics, and human rights to the class, Emanuel sees a chance to break free from his role as the underdog.