Title ID 8253Collection ID799
TitlePestalozzi Export
Genre/TypeProfessionalIndependent Artist/Film-makerInstitutionalCultural/HeritageNon-fictionFictionCommunityDocu-Drama
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsCharities Children Communities Education Performing Arts Schools Youth Youth Organizations
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom Japan Switzerland Brasil Burkina Faso
ProductionPeter Spoerri
CameraPio Corradi
DirectorDaniel von Aarburg
ProducerTobias Wyss; Stephane Kutty
EditorMirjam Krakenberger
NarratorWolfram Berger
LightingWerner Santschi
SoundDieter Meyer; Hans Kunzi
FormatColour Sound
Duration43min. 10sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This promotional film examines the different approaches to Pestalozzi education around the world. The film is constructed around a play, performed by a Swiss theatre group who act out scenes from the life of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. A narrator, assuming the part of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, comments on the different approaches to Pestalozzi education as seen in Japan, England, Switzerland, Brasil and Burkina Faso.


The film opens with an introduction to Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi spoken by an actor assuming the part of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, accompanied by stills of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi and brief scenes of Kinderdorf Pestalozzi at Trogen, Switzerland. He continues the narration, assuming the same role throughout the film. Title: "Pestalozzi Export"; the actor continues, highlighting the impact of Pestalozzi. Scenes of a group of people sitting around a large table; a man discusses playing the part of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi [in Swiss German, but accompanied by English subtitles]; the actor continues his commentary on the discussions, following which there are brief scenes from the play performed by the Theater Gruppe Olten [accompanied by English subtitles].

A Japanese actress explains how Pestalozzi has spread around the world, including to Japan; shots of Kagamino, Japan. A Japanese man and a professor of agriculture talk about the plans to built a Pestalozzi centre in Kagamino, [accompanied by English subtitles]. In a factory a sign is produced and children at a local school are given a lesson on the Pestalozzi ideal - head, heart and hand. Scenes of a Japanese Pestalozzi Festival and the finished sign being erected: "Pestalozzi Town Kagamino". The professor continues to talk about spreading Pestalozzi ideals in Japan. The film cuts back to a scene from the play; an actor continues to play the part of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, [accompanied by English subtitles].

Maurice Phillips, Director of the Pestalozzi Children's Village talks about the work of the village at Sedlescombe, the actors sit and listen; accompanied by stills and scenes of children and the village. The children are seen being taught in a science lesson. The narrator critiques the work of the village at Sedlescombe, comparing how it works with the original ideals of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Two men are seen discussing problems with how the international houses operate. The debts of the Pestalozzi Children's Village are highlighted by the narrator, accompanied by shots of the buildings, empty, whilst the children are away at school. Children are seen being accompanied onto trains, whilst the narrator explains how they are sent away for their schooling during term time and questioning if this is a proper Pestalozzi approach to educating children.

Scenes from the Pestalozzi Children's Village at Trogen, which the narrator explains, operates very differently from the village at Sedlescombe. A group of women talk about their lives having been abandoned by their husbands, whilst the narrator comments on their situations.

The film cuts back to scenes from the play and Dr Tomas talks about how he came to the Pestalozzi village at Franca, Brasil. Scenes of the Pestalozzi school, including orphan children taking part in Spiritualist meditation at the beginning of the day. The children then sing a religious song and are seen playing and dancing. Dr Tomas talks about Spiritualism, whilst the narrator talks about how Pestalozzi reached South America, accompanied by more shots of the schools and the facilities. Dr Thomas and the narrator goes on to talk about the school's past and present setup, whilst children sing songs. The film cuts back to scenes from the play.

A man enters the room and begins to talk about how he runs a Pestalozzi school in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, accompanied by scenes of African children dancing and singing at the the school. In a radio studio, the headmaster Bernard Sama, and narrator, talk about how the school was founded. Scenes from the village in which Bernard Sama grew up, including shots of his father, followed by scenes of workers in the school office. Children are seen being taught in the classroom and pumping water from a well outside the school.

The film cuts back to scenes from the play. The narrator concludes the programme saying how Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi lives on through the work of the Pestalozzi organisations across the world. [End credits].