Weil Ich Länger Lebe Als Du

Children fight for their world

"Weil ich länger lebe als du" tells the story of three children that have decided to no longer rely on adults. Carrying out different projects, they have set out to fulfill their dream of a better world: In the slums of Nairobi, the 15-year-old Fardosa fights against the forced marriage of young girls. In Iraq, the 13-year-old Roman combats parental violence in his surroundings. And the today 14-year-old Felix, the main character in this documentary, that combats climate change with the initiative "Plants-for-the-Planet“. Traveling around the world, Felix debates with numerous politicians and decision makers and manages to inspire other kids to fight for their own goals.

Globally networked and with incredible energy, the children face their challenges as professionally as adults; but they see the things differently: the big challenges of our time from a child’s perspective. Over four years, the fechnerMEDIA film team accompanied Felix and his friends through ups and downs. A very inspiring success story that encourages the viewers to take action.

The film is suitable for school screenings and families. Primary school children may identify well with the main characters. Because of the simple content, the film is not quite appropriate for sophisticated viewers.

The film shows the importance and possibilities of the modern electronic means of communication very well: students from all over the world get the chance to interact and stand up for a social and ecological project.

The film is strongly related to "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.". It could therefore be worth watching "Taking Root" before "Weil ich länger lebe als du“.

Selected for the Films for the Earth Festival 2013.

"Weil ich länger lebe als du“ is easy to follow and stimulates mind and soul.

The film presents a rarely documented but highly relevant topic that allows to draw many connections to our own lives. It shows many positive ideas and perspectives of how the situation could be improved. Despite the quite good journalistic research and documentation quality, the film lacks to explain contexts clearly.

The documentary imparts only little knowledge and information but still shows the impact of human activities on the earth’s ecosystem very well.

The documentary does not convince with science but tries to reach its viewers on an emotional level: "Weil ich länger lebe als du“ is inspiring and deeply touching. It allows to gain a planetary perspective and a collective awareness. Moreover, the documentary raises our sense of responsibility.

"Weil ich länger lebe als du“ is not very exciting but well structured. The images and scenes are rather low-quality but still support the content well. Cut, camera work and soundtrack are not outstanding.

Director(s): Carl-A. Fechner, Henriette Bornkamm
Production: fechnerMEDIA, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), fechnerMedia
Music: Olaf Taranczewski
Year: 2012
Duration: 45 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German
Country of origin: Germany
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Main topic(s): Human Potential
Secondary topics: courage interconnection forest cooperation
Mentions: kids project forced marriage parenthood violence climate change future children
Topic Page(s): Human Potential


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