Premiere: At the Philosophers’ School

Premiere: At the Philosophers’ SchoolPremiere: At the Philosophers’ School


A documentary picture recounting the exciting adventures of a group of kids from Philosophers’ Street.

Humorous and tender, joyful and subtly sad, the film by Fernand Melgar tells the story of five girls and a boy taking their first steps at a special school in the Swiss town of Iverdon-les-Bains. Helping the children to learn how to live together is a team of enthusiastic teachers and therapists. Bit by bit, what seemed impossible in the beginning starts to look achievable, and the new students are going to learn everything despite all obstacles.

De La Brenaz Award at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (2018).

Grand Audience Award at the Gijon International Film Festival (Spain, 2018). 

The screening will be followed by a discussion involving Yulia Akhtyamova, psychologist at Moscow’s Osoboe Detstvo (Special Childhood) Center for Curative Pedagogics, and Cedric Blanc, Director at Verdeil Foundation where At the Philosophers’ School was filmed, who will share their experience of working with children with learning disabilities and explain why inclusion is important for society at large.

At the Philosophers’ School
Director: Fernand Melgar
Switzerland, 2018. 97 min. 14+


Free admission with advance registration.

Film will be shown in original language with Russian subtitles.
Screening accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing.