A foot shaking with panic. Hair is being torn. In only four hours, students from 40 different countries will write their essays in the International Philosophy Olympiad in Denmark. Is truth an invention of man? Is happiness good for human beings? The teenagers are looking for answers.
In its 80 minutes "everything you say and think" slides freely through the worlds of the national competition in Germany and the Olympiad in Denmark — worlds inhabited by adolescents as they move between their adult-like seriousness and child-like exuberance. They have all experienced the feeling of being treated like weirdos, simply because of their passion for philosophy.
The film is a record of our conversations with young philosophers about becoming restless with autonomous thinking. As a visual study it is interested in the bodily, sensual processes of thinking, showing the sparks flying when 17-year-olds commit themselves to it with enthusiasm and seriousness of purpose.
There will be a Q&A after the screening with Beate Absalon (dramaturgy), Roman Hagenbrock (cinematography), Sebastian Köthe (direction) and others TBA. Don't hesitate to contribute with your questions, comments and observations. The event is proudly hosted by the Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Society. All are welcome! We are looking forward to spending the Saturday with you.
NICHT-ICH Film, GER-2016, 80min.
In German and English, with English and German subtitles.