Experimental | Documentary | 9 min 16 sec

Klasse tracks back to the winter of 1938 in Jewish Hamburg at the height of WWII in a classroom kept just as it was during the war. The chairs, desks, chalkboards and solid walls are reminders of the haunting fixity of place against the trace of memories left as records of a tortuous time. The intimate cast of German middle school students and professional dancers bring to life letters written between young classmates as they left one by one on the Kindertransport, reimagining the courageous spirit of children with uncertain futures, both then and now.

About the Artist

Malia Bruker

Malia Bruker is a filmmaker, media artist, and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Production at Florida State University. Her films have screened around the world, winning awards at Philadelphia Film Festival, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival and American Dance Festival.



Malia Bruker


Inge Mandos | Malia Bruker | Hannah Schwadron


Hannah Schwadron


Louis Schwadron

Thursday, February 23, 2017

SIUC Student Center


(Following Farmer/Veteran & Summer Friend)

Project Page

Klasse - Trailer

ScreenDance Miami | Miami, FL, US | January 23, 2016 | World Premiere | People's Choice Award
American Dance Festival | Durham, United States| July 9, 2016
Antimatter Media Art | Victoria, Canada | October 16, 2016
Southampton Film Week | Southampton, United Kingdom | November 5, 2016 | Director Biography