Kinderland ist Abgebrannt


Kinderland Ist Abgebrannt (Kinderland - Cinderland)

The everyday life of fascism, its banalities, shabbiness and meanness, are addressed in this documentary. Ulm, the city of Albert Einstein and of the Scholl siblings, well known for their youthful resistance to fascism, becomes the place where history is felt and experienced. 
Twelve women, four Jews and eight Christians, now in their seventies, tell of their youth in this South German city. The Christian women still reside there, while their former Jewish classmates live in Israel or the United States. Their memories of the same place, during the same period of time, could not be more different. Made with never before seen archive material, Kinderland - Cinderland is a touching film of many layers, and has been highly praised by German film critics and viewers.

90 minutes, English Subtitles

This Film was accredited with the German Film Award and the Prize of the City of Potsdam

About Sibylle Tiedemann

Filmmaker Sibylle Tiedemann was born in 1951. She studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Kassel (Hessen) from 1972 to 1977. Her first works included the photo exhibition "Türkengetto" (1976) as well as the publication "Dies sind eben alles Bilder der Strasse" (1979). In 1980, she received the Kodak Award for her photography. She graduated from the Deutsche Film- und Fernseh-akademie dffb, Berlin, in 1986. Since then, she has been working as a director, author and producer for both fiction and documentary film projects. In 1989, she produced a selection of contemporary short operas at the Trento Municipal Theater, Italy. Her career has been further highlighted by the various grants and fellowships that she has been awarded, which include, among others, artist and film grants by the city of Berlin and fellowships at Villa Aurora/Los Angeles and the Nipkow-Programm. She has received the "German Film Award 1998", the "Prize of the City of Potsdam", was a nominee for the "Adolf-Grimme-Award" (2000) as well as the "Prix Europa" (2001+2009). She will also receive the German Jewish History Award in Berlin on January 24th, 2011.

Selected films include: Aqua Maria (1983), Es war ganz einfach (1986), La Colonna Sonora (1992), Frauen sind keine Männer (1994), Jazz-focus (1994), Kinderland - Cinderland (1998) Verräter der Nation (2000), Hainsfarth hatte einen Rabbi (2001), Estland Mon Amour (2004/2005), very intimately confronts the impact of her brother's death on her own life and work, Yvon und der Atem des Teufels (2007) a documentary about a bretonnic traditional instrument - constructor and her most recent work, Letters from Chicago (2009 ), a portrait about the German/Jewish photographer Gustav Frank and his family roots, got the German Jewish History Council, Arthur S. Obermayer Award, Certificate of Commendation.