HD-DCP - 2017 - FRANCE - 100 - Color
LET THE CHILD BE THE GUIDE
Le maître et l'enfant (original title)
A film by Alexandre Mourot
“Education should not limit itself to seeking new methods for a mostly arid transmission of knowledge: its aim must be to give the necessary aid to human development.”
Inherited from Maria Montessori in 1907, the Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach celebrating and nurturing each child's desire to learn. An approach valuing the human spirit and a full child development —physical, social, emotional, cognitive. This method is more and more popular and Montessori schools are opening worldwide today. Because self-development and respect are essentials to our society, film director Alexandre Mourot sets his camera up in the oldest Montessori school in France (with kids from 3 to 6 years of age) and observes.
He meets happy children, free to move around, working alone or in small groups. Some read, others make bread, do divisions, laugh or sleep. The teacher remains very discreet.
Children guide the film director throughout the whole school year, helping him understand the magic of their autonomy and self-esteem – the seeds of a new society of peace and freedom, which Maria Montessori dedicated her life work to.
After finishing his engineering studies, Alexandre Mourot produced CD-Roms for famous French editors (GALLIMARD, FLAMMARION, LAROUSSE, ARTE Editions…).
Unsatisfied, he studies art history in La Sorbonne, trains in photography and eventually in documentary filmmaking at the Ateliers Varan.
In 2009, his first documentary called “Poubelles et Sentiments” (“Garbage and Feelings”) is released, dealing with our attachment to material things. The film is screened in many festivals.
Since 2014, he dedicates himself to documentary making, with a passion for education. In summer 2015, he starts an international Montessori training for 3 to 6 year old children to improve his knowledge of those educational methods.