Kiez der Kinder

The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is the producer of the project "Kiez der Kinder" (eng. 'Neighboorhood of the Kids'). Films from this project are regularly premiered here. The multi-award winning project began in the fall of 2010: Children from Karlsgarten Grundschule in Neukölln and filmmakers from the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN shot a "video letter". In this, they show places and people from their neighborhood and tell stories from their lives, some of them true and some made up. They sent this film and the filmmakers to students at  Lemgo-Grundschule on the other side of Hasenheide Park, who then shot a video letter about their Kreuzberger neighborhood, the 'Graefekiez'. For the second phase of the project, the letters migrated from downtown to the outskirts of Berlin. In the Fall of 2011, kids from the Hermann-Gmeiner-Grundschule in Lichtenberg received the video letters. From Lichtenberg, the letters travelled in Spring 2012 to the Wilhelm-Busch-Grundschule in Marzahn and then to the Grundschule an der Peckwisch in the Märkisches Viertel in Reinickendorf - both schools directly on the border to Brandenburg. In 2015, the films arrived at the Grundschule auf dem Tempelhofer Feld, the Mendel-Grundschule in Pankow and the Reinfelder Schule in Charlottenburg. Now only four districts are missing in order to complete the project: Mitte, Spandau Steglitz-Zehlendorf and Treptow-Koepenick. We have big hopes to produce films with these four remaining districts this year!

The films mix both fiction and reality and consist of interweaving documentary scenes and staged scenes and animation.

The aim of the project is to support creativity, social and creative media competence and the appreciation of cultural diversity in school forms. As researchers, reporters, hobbyists, animators, actors, camera people and city planners, the children gain a wealth of experience and unlock their neighborhoods as tangible and usable commons spaces.

The 'Video Penpal' aspect of the project enables the children to look beyond their own experiences and compare their world with that of the children from other neighborhoods. As a result, the films provide a view of Berlin's so-called 'deprived areas' through the eyes of the children inhabiting those spaces and make an innovative contribution to discussions on education and urban development. A city-wide network has been formed thanks to the participation of schools and neighborhoods all across Berlin.

The Filmmakers

Masayo Kajimura is a video artist and curator. She has made numerous short films, video installations and interdisciplinary works involving dance and music, which have been show and exhibited internationally. As a curator, she designs film programs and video exhibitions and, since 2008, she has been curating the monthly film series 'Made in Berlin' at WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.

Inga Pfafferott is a psychologist and filmmaker. She makes documentaries, feature length films and image films in the educational and social fields. In addition to this, she also creates concepts for and runs creative film workshops for children, youths and adults. She also translates screenplays.

Irati Elorrieta is a writer and filmmaker. She released her novel 'Burbuilak' and multiple video works, which have been shown internationally. She has worked as an editor for various television productions, including a children's documentary series. She is a member of Lichtblick Kino and was responsible for their monthly short film series 'Kurz Gesehen'.

Elizabeth Grenier is a freelance journalist for the Deutsche Welle, Radio Canada and more. Her video pieces for the film collective VideoAktiv e.V. have been screened internationally, often within the context of workshops for youths. She has worked for multiple Canadian television stations, where she was worked as researcher, content editor and film editor.

Yergalem Taffere is a filmmaker and performance artist. She has worked on various media education and intercultural projects in Berlin and Hamburg. Her focus is the documentary and its camera work, which she does herself most of the time. She did the camerawork for the film "Grenzenzlos" by Josephine Landertinger, which was shown at the 2012 Addis Abeba International Film Festival.

The filmmakers are responsible for the project concept and implementation, who work together with the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN. In each phase of the project, the teachers work in close collaboration with the filmmakers and, during the project week, also with assistants: Theresa von Dassel, Martin Hansen, Paul Esra Martin, Julian Rabus and Joey Steffens.

Film Festivals and Awards


Videobotschaften der einzelnen Schulen

1. Neukölln

2. Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

3. Lichtenberg

4. Marzahn

5. Reinickendorf

6. Pankow

7. Tempelhof-Schöneberg

8. Charlottenburg

1. Neukölln

A film project by 4-6 graders from the Karlsgarten Grundschule Berlin-Neukölln. In the form of a video letter, they show places and people from their neighborhood and tell stories from their lives, some of them true and some made up.

Completed: 01.04.2011

Karlsgarten Grundschule

Since the beginning of the school year 2007/2008 at the Karlsgarten-Grundschule, the first three grades are mixed, forming cross-grade classes. In each home group, two teachers and an educator work together. The lessons have a rhythmic structure so that students are usually in class until 1:35 PM and from are alternately supervised by teachers or educators. In 2009, the Karlsgarten-Grundschule had a film project with 1st - 3rd graders. The film "Wir reisen durch unseren Kiez" (eng. "We Journey Through Our Neighborhood") can be seen here.

2. Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Our 'Graefekiez'

A film project by and with children from Lemgo-Grundschule's 6f class in Berlin-Kreuzberg. As a video response to the the video letter "Kiez der Kinder. Unsere Seite der Hasenheide", the children from the Lemgo-Grundschule got together to produce a bright and brilliant film about their neighborhood Graefekiez.

Completed: 11.04.2011


The Lemgo-Schule is a half-day primary school, which is open all day. The school has 18 grade classes, six of which are cross-grade classes, with roughly 370 students. Educators, students and parents are motivated to support and encourage both top-achieving as well as underachieving students equally. Intercultural cohabitation in a safe and violence-free area is a focal point of the school. The school can be found in the neighborhood Graefekiez in Berlin Kreuzberg, on the border to Hasenheide Park and the neighborhood Neukölln.

3. Lichtenberg

Frankfurter Allee Süd. Everyone loves it.

In response to the students from Kreuzberg, students from class 4a at the Hermann-Gmeiner-Grundschule in Lichtenberg present their living space, marked by high rises and prefabricated buildings, through film reports and creatively engages with their experiences and visions.
Completed: 16.12.2011


Hermann-Gmeiner-Grundschule participates in the state health program "für die gute gesunde Schule Berlin". It is a school with a sports emphasis. They offer group learning English from class 1 and put emphasis on action-oriented and self-discovery-based learning with theater education. Once a year they celebrate the premiere of their grand fairytale at the Theater an der Parkaue. A large part of the proceeds go to the SOS Children's Villages.

4. Marzahn-Hellersdorf

Our Marzahn in the Ahrensfelder Bergen

From Lichtenberg, the video chain letter went on to Marzahn. Students from the class 4a at the Wilhelm-Busch-Grundschule tell stories from their neighborhood about the outskirts of Berlin. Their school is located at the border of the Ahrensfelder Mountains in Brandenburg.

Completed: 31/05/2012


The Wilhelm-Busch-Grundschule in Hellersdorf is an all-day school. The school is located in an area with many prefabricated high rises on the north-eastern outskirts of Berlin. The school grounds are on the border to the Grünes Wuhletal in Brandenburg.

5. Reinickendorf

Our MV 26

In this video letter, the students of class 6b from the Grundschule an der Peckwisch tell of their lives in the Reinickendorfer large housing estate Märkisches Viertel. The MV 26 can be found behind the terminus of the U8 and borders Brandenburg.

Completed: 23/05/2012

Grundschule an der Peckwisch

The Grundschule an der Peckwisch in Reinickendorf is a school with all-day service. The school is surrounded by small residential streets with single and multi-family houses in the immediate vicinity of the large housing estate "Märkisches Viertel". The area is located on the outskirts of Berlin, bordering the borough of Pankow.

6. Tempelhof

The Tempelhofer Field and its Stories

The children from class 4c from the Grundschule auf dem Tempelhofer Feld sent their first video letter about a city in transition. Between flying kites and longboarding, they learn how it came to be that the field remained building and development-free. On a trip back in time, they discover something about the history of the field. And finally, magic seeds and rockets make for a colorful future in the field.

A version of the film with subtitles can be found on Vimeo.

Completed: 12/15/2015

Grundschule auf dem Tempelhofer Feld

The Grundschule auf dem Tempelhofer Feld has 450 students and is all-day school and a 'school beginners phase'. This dedicated school is located within the city, opposite the grounds of the Tempelhofer Airfield.

7. Pankow

Our former Marshalling Yard in Pankow

The children of class 4c from the Mendel Grundschule in Pankow made their video letter about a changing city, where there is a lot going on, even if nothing is apparently happening. The site of the former marshalling yard stimulates discussion: Even hares, birds and robots want to have a say about whether the building of a shopping center is necessary.

A version of the film with subtitles can be found on Vimeo.

Completed: 12/15/2015

Mendel Grundschule

The Mendel Grundschule in Pankow is an all-day school and is attended by 471 children. It is located near the controversial urban development area of ​​the former marshalling yard in Pankow.

8. Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

The Teufelsberg

The third and final video letter on a changing city was made by the children of class 6a of Reinfelder Schule in Charlottenburg. At the highest elevation of Berlin, they visit a modern ruin, awaken the spies of the listening station to life and ask questions about the different ideas for the future of the mountain.

A version of the film with subtitles can be found on Vimeo.

Completed: 12/15/2015

Reinfelder Schule

The Reinfelder Schule is a primary and secondary school for hearing impaired children who need special instruction in hearing impaired classes, as well as a primary school for children with and without impairments who learn by the principles of the doctrine of Maria Montessori in mixed cross-grade classes. Children from all across Berlin attend the school. It is located in the settlement Eichkamp am Grunewald and is within walking distance of the Teufelsberg.


Partners and Supporters:

Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung
The Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung promotes collaborative projects that create new access to art and culture for children, adolescents and young adults. "Kiez der Kinder" was supported by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung from the onset.

RAA Berlin
RAA Berlin is a support office for school development and intercultural and democracy-building projects. Within the project "Jugendkulturlotsen", teenagers were trained through specialized workshops and video education to make other students aware of intercultural issues and bring the medium of film home to them. The youths now lead workshops themselves and work as assistants to professionals. They assist the filmmakers in the implementation of the "Kiez der Kinder" project week. In addition to this, the RAA Berlin provides video tech for the project.

medienwerkstatt berlin

The Medienwerkstatt Berlin in the Kulturwerk of the bbk berlin provides infrastructure and know how in the realization of art videos, media installations and interactive art. In the green screen studio of the medienwerkstatt, pantomimed recordings are made for "Kiez der Kinder" films.

25p *cine support
25p *cine support is a rental for digital film technology and supports "Kiez der Kinder" with video tech.

Quartiersmanagement Schillerpromenade
The Quartiersmanagement Schillerpromenade supported the project "Kiez der Kinder" in the school year of 2010/2011.

ALEX is media-based creative platform in Berlin, which offers an extraordinary program for an extraordinary city. The "Kiez der Kinder" films are broadcasted here.