Leading lights

Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel
Belgium | 2022 | 90 min
World premiere
Language : French
Subtitle : English

La Petite École in Brussels welcomes children who have never attended school, who are often from an immigrant background. Marie and Juliette have created a place outside of the classical structures of learning, where children can learn to be or become children again. But the price for this is the constant deconstruction of conventional education, and endless devotion.

La Petite École in the heart of Brussels welcomes children aged six to fifteen who have never attended school, and who are often in exile. Marie and Juliette have created this place outside of the conventional structures of learning, where children can learn to be or become children again, with the aim of entering a conventional school one day. First and foremost, the challenge for these two “leading lights” is to teach the young newcomers, sometimes suffering from post-traumatic stress, how to leave the family circle and follow a rhythm within a community of similarly aged peers. To do this, Marie and Juliette fill their days with rituals and activities during which they observe, assess, readapt and propose. What kind of school do you offer children who have never been to one? From failures that do not seem to be such, to small victories, they thus succeed in preparing the children to “be, by themselves”. Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel captures the patience and experimental approach of these two extraordinary women, with sublime framing and light that portray the hope and humanism that reign in this place.


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Screenings and tickets

Saturday 9 April 2022 16:15
In the presence of the director

Tuesday 12 April 2022 14:00


Themed walks

Filmmakers or researchers from UNIL will take you on a walk through the streets of Nyon to delve into and deepen your appreciation of this film’s subject. Balade thématique – Filmer de l’intérieur un lieu où grandir

Colin Lévêque
Thomas Grimm-LandsbergLucas Lebart
Méline Van Aelbrouck
Joachim ThômeLes productions du verger
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