Mr. Bachmann and His Class
(Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse)
Mr. Bachmann and His Class is an intimate documentary portraying the bond between a schoolteacher and his students. His unconventional methods clash with the complex social and cultural realities of the provincial German industrial town they live in, which has a complex history of both excluding and integrating foreigners. Aged between twelve and fourteen, his pupils come from twelve different nations; some have not quite mastered the German language. Bachmann “mounted his personal revolution for years. . . . Mr. Bachmann and His Class [bears] fond, admiring witness to the small acts of pedagogical heroism that happened there, every day” (Variety). Presented as part of the 26th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.