is a 90 minute full-length documentary about children and how they play on their own terms. An observational documentary that follows the children in Aurora Kindergarten throughout a year. These are children from 1-7 years of age. It is a quiet and close, life-affirming film. The film draws up a different perspective on what children truly need than what is the current norm. The film is a good conversation starter to explore the function of play in the child’s life and the importance of friendship between children. About safe connections and trust in relationships between adults and children. We are allowed to observe the secret play among children, the play we adults don’t always understand.

Meet the Team

Margreth Olin

“The focus on performance and competition is becoming stronger in schools and kindergartens. Focus on getting younger and younger children to acquire academic knowledge. I am afraid that we, as parents, as a society, the children themselves – are in danger of missing out on their own and other’s different personalities because we do not acknowledge that each and every child has different potentials. CHILDHOOD is a silent protest. It shows a children’s garden where children can be at peace, where the
trees teach them to grow at their own pace.”


Idea: Margreth Olin & Thomas Robsahm

Director: Margreth Olin

Producer: Margreth Olin

Producers assistant: Lena Faye-Lund Sandvik

Co-producer: Lars Jönsson

Producer pre-production: Thomas Robsahm

Director of photography: Øystein Mamen

Sound: Andreas Lindberg Svensson

Editing: Helge Billing NFK

Final edit: Michal Leszczylowski

Composer: Rebekka Karijord

Project manager: Hans Kristian Schilde

Production secretary: Maria Hustad