Les Commencements

  • Runtime100 min
  • DirectorLydie Wisshaupt-Claudel
  • GenreDocumentary
  • ReleasedIn Production

A film by LYDIE WISSHAUPT-CLAUDEL I Photography COLIN LEVÊQUE I Edited by MÉLINE VAN AELBROUCK I Sound Edit AÏDA MERGHOUB  Sound Mix SENJAN JANSEN I produced by JÉRÔME LAFFONT JOACHM THÔME GERT VAN BERCKELAER

A co-production with LES PRODUCTIONS DE VERGER I RTBF I CANVAS 

supported by CENTRE DU CINÉMA ET DE L’AUDIOVISUEL DE LA FÉDÉRATION WALLONIE-BRUXELLES I FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND I  CBA I BELGIAN TAX SHELTER I DGD


Marie and Juliette turned their back on the traditional education system to open ‘La Petite Ecole’, a small school in the heart of Brussels where they welcome a dozen or so children from refugee families. This initiative compels the two friends to completely reinvent their usual teaching methods. Nourished by their experiences with the children who are making the school their own, Juliette and Marie realise their pedagogical laboratory is in a constant need to evolve.

Juliette and Marie walk the path so many others have abandoned. Every day anew – and united by their absolute dedication – they work towards their educational utopia. With each new attempt, Juliette and Marie change the school both in form and function. Together with these two women, we come to understand the complexity of the situation and the emotions of the children and their teachers are bound to experience

in the media

Raccords – Lionel Dutrieux

Alterner la pratique du montage avec la réalisation est enrichissant. C’est l’avis de Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel, monteuse et réalisatrice de Killing Time, Grand Prix au 37e festival Cinéma du réel. Rencontre.

Read the full interview here (in French)
  • Runtime100 min
  • DirectorLydie Wisshaupt-Claudel
  • GenreDocumentary
  • ReleasedIn Production

in the media

Raccords – Lionel Dutrieux

Alterner la pratique du montage avec la réalisation est enrichissant. C’est l’avis de Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel, monteuse et réalisatrice de Killing Time, Grand Prix au 37e festival Cinéma du réel. Rencontre.

Read the full interview here (in French)