This film essay on Janusz Korczak shows many documents that are indeed precious on the life of Janusz Korczak: photographs, books, letters, friends co-workers and pupils tell of their memories, and,yes, the faces of the children. They show the vanished world of the Warsaw ghetto, not destined to last. Because memory is the mystery of the reconciliation. Ivo and Sabine are the 2 documentaries . Ivo Klauck,14, and in a wheelchair does not desire pity. His everyday life at Birkenwerder is featured.
- The first film ends with the communist Jugendweihe (ceremony in which children are given adult social status) of Ivo (QUOTE)
- The second film - seven years later - begins with the wedding in the church. Sabine, the wife of Ivo, is also paraplegic. When the film was turned, she was unemployed. The two young people aborted their study. Now they are at the beginning of a new period of life. Their home is particularly important for the both. (Quote)
- The second film voices their opinions and attitudes.
Ich bin klein, aber wichtig (I'm small, but important)Documentary about Janusz
Directed by Konrad WeißScreenplay: Walther Petri and Konrad
WeißCinematographers: Gunter Becher and Michael LöscheEditor: Ingeborg
MarszalekProducers: Christina Eggert and Tadeusz RejnowiczDEFA Studio für
Dokumentarfilme, Berlin, 198844 min. - 35 mm - colour / black and whiteFirst
broadcast: 31st August 1989, Fernsehen der DDR
This is a film-essay
about Janusz Korczak, the Jew and
Pole, the doctor and educator and writer. A film about a wonderful man. The film
goes on the search for a lost time. It is the attempt to come closer to Korczak,
and it is a very personal film. He tries a dialogue over the time - always in
the knowledge about the terrible guilt of the Germans.
The film shows
precious documents: Photographs of Janusz Korczak and his orphanage children,
his books and letters. Friends, co-workers and pupils tell about their memories.
And the film shows the faces of children - faces from yesterday and faces from
today. And places, good places and bad places, the vanished world of Janusz
Above all: In the film are quoted his ideas and words, which he
wrote about children and for children. It is essential to preserve the memory of
Janusz Korczak and his children and their vanished world. Because memory is the
mystery of the reconciliation.
The Film on video an
Cinematography of the Holocaust
Klauck, vierzehn Jahre alt, querschnittsgelähmt • Ivo und Sabine,
querschnittsgelähmt(Ivo Klauck, 14 years old,
paraplegic • Ivo and Sabine, paraplegic)2 Documentaries
about young handicapped People
Screenplay and Direction by Konrad
WeißCinematographer: Michael Lösche • Photographer: Harald
HauswaldSong: Barbara Thalheim • Tino und JessicaEditor:
Martina Hoffmann • Angelika ArnoldScript Editor: Andreas
Voigt • Ev WittmannProducers: Regina Lösche and Helmut
Gießmann • Rainer BaumertDEFA Studio für Dokumentarfilme,
Berlin, 1981 • 1988
The first film tells the story of Ivo Klauck.
He is a handicapped boy, 14 years old. To beginning says the boy in the
wheelchair: "I would not like to be pitied. I don't need that, the little
compassion." The film respects this attitude. It shows the everyday life of Ivo
and other young people from the school for handicapped persons in Birkenwerder:
The school, the boarding school, the home, the leisure time. Also are shown the
distance from non-handicapped persons and the various obstacles, who make their
everyday life so heavy.
The first film ends with the communist Jugendweihe
(ceremony in which children are given adult social status) of Ivo. The second
film - seven years later - begins with the wedding in the church. Sabine, the
wife of Ivo, is also paraplegic. When the film was turned, she was unemployed.
The two young people aborted their study. Now they are at the beginning of a new
period of life. Their home is particularly important for the both.
of attention of the second film are the opinions and attitudes of Ivo and
Sabine. They speak about their difficulties in a world, which is often
indifferent or hostile.