Lena, Stella, Ümmü und die Anderen

Germany 2009, Documentary, 45' | Director, Screenplay Betty Schiel | DoP Gertrud Schweers | Editor Anika Simon | Sound Günter Friedhoff | Music Angelika Niescier | Production Häuserl-Film

The children in M3, the middle school of the Hansaschule Gelsenkirchen Bulmke-Hüllen, romp wildly through the corridors, play, learn, swear and break things.
In the classroom, playground, swimming baths or on a school outing they play out small and large dramas. Just like in life and in other schools as well. The film shows everyday life in a special school for mentally disabled children. Each child there has their own preferences and abilities that they bring into the community. Together they are a team: Lena, Stella, Ümmü and the others.

Lena, Stella, Ümmü und die Anderen is being screened in the School Film Programme of the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival in the documentary film block Being Different in cooperation with doxs! Duisburg.


Betty Schiel, born in Rheinhausen in 1969, studied theatre, film and television studies, Romance and German literature at the Ruhr University Bochum, the Sorbonne Paris and the University of Glasgow. Since 1996, she has worked as a freelance journalist and film curator, mainly for the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival.

Betty Schiel
School Film