Inclusive education is a hot topic, but sometimes it seems we talk about it more than we actually look at it. That is the starting point of Ellen Vermeulen’s film, who previously caused quite a stir with 9999. In this highly stylized, observing documentary, it is not about arguments pro or contra. This is an invitation to look at how things really go down in a classroom.
Irakli is in the sixth grade. He is in a wheelchair and fights an ongoing battle against spasms. He goes to a regular school, where he has a personal assistant. Still his presence also requires the teacher and classmates to adjust. Rosie, Sami and Nathan are also children with special educational needs who attend classes in mainstream education. When it comes to this type of inclusive education, many different opinions and various viewpoints are expressed, usually loaded with emotions. After all, it is not a theoretical discussion for the parties involved, but a reality that has a huge impact on daily life. The film does less talking and follows - without judgment - the daily reality of these children and their environment. It takes us into the world of the children who are the subject of this big debate, but have no voice.
Directed by Ellen Vermeulen
2018 74 min.
Dieter Diependaele, Ellen Vermeulen