Koran Kinder| 1hr : 27mins
Director: Shaheen Dill-Riaz | Producer: Shaheen Dill-Riaz
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Germany
At least two years, twelve hours every day, memorizing over 6000 verses from Koranâ€“that is what small kids have to do in Hifz-Khana. Many parents send their children very willingly to this special department of a madrasa, the Islamic orthodox school. Generally, cameras are strictly forbidden; filmmaker Shaheen Dill-Riaz still managed to enter and observe in these madrasas in Bangladesh. The result is a film that approaches very carefully this unique religious practice, which is contradictory to the imaginings of a jaunty and easy-going childhood. The filmmaker shows the anxieties and afflictions that motivate the parents to decide on these schools. But can the children vouch for the anxieties of their parents? With this question, Dill-Riaz starts a journey through his homeland Bangladesh, a country that is now riven between religious stringency and secular ideals.