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Life is tough for youngster Frits in this beautifully acted coming-of-age drama, set in 1960s Denmark. Not only is the 13-year-old suffering troubles at home but he's also started a new school where the headmaster is a total monster. Lindum-Svendsen keeps his students in line using beatings and intimidation. Following a particularly out-of-order punishment and influenced by the TV news reports he's seen about the American Civil Rights movement, Frits decides to fight back. However, the resulting conflict has major repercussions for the boy and his family making this a really affecting and inspirational watch.
A resource to encourage students to reflect on their attitudes to democracy and debate.
A resource to inspire and structure debate amongst children and young people.
The arrival of an unorthodox, inspiring teacher to a conservative '50s boarding school has a huge, controversial impact in this famed, touching drama.
11–16 years 123 mins
Charming and quirky coming of age tale set in 1950s Sweden
11+ years 97 mins
The revolutions of the 1960s are violently and psychedelically enacted in an archaic English boarding school.
14+ years 111 mins
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Mark Reid, Head of Education at the BFI, explains their new collaborative project, aimed at schools with high numbers of young people from other countries.
Reading time 4 mins
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