Maria Gaat Naar School (2017)
A film by Maria Jerez and Edurne Rubio
Based on Maria Jerez project, in collaboration with Gosie Vervloessem, Edurne Rubio, Babette Slambrouck, Fayza Elhemdaoui and the children of the V-tex School. Produced by Kunstencentrum Buda, Kortrijk.
The children of V-tex school in Kortrijk, teach Dutch to Maria Jerez. During three weeks the roles of education change: 33 children teach and one adult learns. But during this change of roles, the matter is not the transfer of symmetrical power, but the establishment of a fragile situation for all parties, a space where nobody knows.
This film pays attention to all the moments when we name something for the first time, to the thinking that is behind language, to the political power of the processes of learning, to the economics of education while putting them upside down, to a collaborative method of teaching, to the misunderstandings as a place of opportunity, to the mistake as a catalyst of discussion, to the relation to someone coming from another world, an alien landed in the school. This project builds a space where the unknown is implemented as a desirable place of potentiality.