Into the middle of nowhere

15 minutes

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

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.

Director: Anna Frances Ewert

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