Tina Sander is the public relations manager for mittendrin e.V. and part of the "Children of Utopia" campaign team. In this interview with REHACARE.com, she revealed what makes the movie so unique and explained how this is designed to revitalize the inclusion debate.
What makes the movie "Children of Utopia" worth watching?
Tina Sander: The movie, along with its prequel called "Klassenleben" from 2005, spans twelve years. In doing so, it allows viewers to see inclusive education through a different lens: how does school prepare us for life? And how does inclusion at school benefit our society? Unfortunately, the latter is an aspect that tends to be completely ignored in the current debate. People overlook how a student’s life is fundamentally shaped by whether he/she learns alongside peers in his/her community – or in a special, separate system that barely allows contact and communication with society.
The second aspect that makes the movie so unique and worth seeing is that it finally allows those who are most affected by this issue to have their say: the – at this point former – students both with and without disabilities.
What do you expect from the nationwide action evening on 15 May?
We hope that inclusion will be the one subject everyone in Germany talks about that evening! By showing the movie at the theaters for just one night, we ensure focused attention. A small, independently produced documentary would probably not attract this much attention if it were done as a classic movie release.