In the eastern German village of Golzow there is not much left: There are 857 inhabitants, a small bakery, a takeaway, a primary school with too few children, and a movie museum with too few visitors. Only memories remind people of better times. “Refugees are our opportunity,” mayor Frank Schütz states. Accordingly, two Syrian families have now found shelter in Golzow. The school finally has enough students again and a wind of change blows through the village. Family Sayed Ahmad attempts a fresh start in the village. Halima and Fadi try to adapt, their children take part in the voluntary fire department and the family even settles with their own garden plot. But integration in the countryside is not that easy… THE NEW CHILDREN OF GOLZOW tells the story of the village and its experiment while drawing a sensitive portrait of the family Sayed Ahmad.
SIMONE CATHARINA GAUL is a Berlin-based director and journalist. She studied Politics and Romance Studies in Stuttgart and Paris and continued to study Film Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She loves to tell intimate and sensitive stories. Her documentaries have screened at festivals around the world and include BINTOU (2014), FLUGZEUGE IM KOPF (2015), RATTENGESCHICHTEN (2011), and THE NEW CHILDREN OF GOLZOW (2017).