Into the Middle of Nowhere

Children at play in a woodland nursery provide a rare glimpse into the imagination, ours and theirs

Anna Frances Ewert

15 minutes

Into the Middle of Nowhere

  • A lovely exploration of human nature and society, this film takes us into an unusual outdoor nursery. With the woods as their classroom and playground, a group of small children explore their surroundings and their relationships with each other in a remarkably free and unfettered environment.  Through the children’s imaginative activities and games we can see flashes of their personal and collective development, a striking example of playing as learning. With a subtle observational approach, Into the Middle of Nowhere quietly unfolds into a celebration of childhood and a reminder of the preciousness of the imagination.

  • Director Biography:

    Anna Frances Ewert is a German-Irish filmmaker who is currently based in Munich. From an early age film has fascinated her and in the last years she has become increasingly interested in documentary filmmaking.

    From 2007 to 2010 she studied filmmaking at the Edinburgh College of Art. In 2011 she enrolled at the University of TV and Film in Munich, specializing in directing documentaries.

  • Director: Anna Frances Ewert

  • Running Time: 15 minutes

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  • Cordelia

    Proud to be a part of this nursery community (my son is in the film and my daughter currently attends) Beautiful film.

  • Heather Dee

    This is truly an amazing film! Watching the kids interact with other children. Most of all be surrounded by nature is lovely, exploring new things. It always keep the kids expanding their creativity in new places. Nature play is the best play for children! No directed play is the best play for children.. unless its really dangerous! Awesome film! More films like this please! Wonderful job!

  • Jo Fahey

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It just warms my heart to hear children’s ‘voice’, see them in nature – and so beautifully filmed, not impinging on their space or ideas.

  • Sarah Baldwin

    Absolutely magical! Thank you for spreading the news about “forest kindergartens.” As a Waldorf early childhood educator, I believe that young children can never have too much time in nature. When I was a kindergarten teacher, we took the children out into the woods every day in all kinds of weather. Funny, there were rarely any discipline problems when we were outdoors.

  • Chris Brassey

    So amazing!!! My early years when kids were really free. Love this so much!!! Thank You. X

  • Helen

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s a privilege to see into this world- the video really takes you there.

  • Jon Cree

    What a true piece of pure ‘natural play’. The filming seems so unintrusive – the purity of child’s play and deep learning on that imaginative, magical level, really comes through. A great piece of advocacy for woodland based learning and play – they really are ‘at home’.

  • Tim Gill

    A piece of cinematic poetry, and an understated, perfectly judged tribute to the richness of young children’s spontaneous play in nature.

  • Grounds for Learning

    What a fabulous film, so sensitively shot! It really brings out the reality, play and learning of the woodland setting.

  • Sue

    Lovely film! Sounds of nature, and the children’s own self-initiated, and self-directed play. All children should have the opportunity for this kind of freedom!

  • muags

    This was wonderful, a true exhibit of imagination. I didn’t even notice the lads airplane until he announced it. I thought they looked like a gang of hobbits walking off in the end with their gear.

  • Valerie

    My husband and I truly enjoyed this film. It’s so lovely to see children being children without being directed to play or ordered about.

  • lorette

    This shows how little one needs to teach- a gathering of unrestricted and innocent intrigue. .