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Childocracy

Country
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Language
English, Latvian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian
Logline

Hoping to save face of a hypocritical ecovillage, its adults agree to grant their kids equal rights with the parents. The kids make the village bloom again, but the parents find themselves under the thumb of their kids.

Synopsis

Childocracy series is developing as a European co-production, welcoming other co-producers, distributors, sales and broadcasters to get on board.
In an ecovillage on the brink of bankruptcy, children accuse their parents of being hypocritical, so they demand the adults to become real progressive and share their power with the kids. At first, parents agree to conduct an equal rights experiment. As kids have a lot of fresh ideas, the experiment helps the village to attract new customers after a while. Many adults see the advantage of their kids now not only earning income but also making the washed out ecovillage bloom again. However, as the kids get the taste of power, they start to want more, so they gradually manage to get the majority in the village council and introduce rules which go in contradiction to what parents want. Now adults decide to cut short the experiment, but it seems to be too late — kids have now moved to their forest camp. When the conflict seems to have reached its utter dead end, the majority of adults decide they should surrender to kids to get them back.

More info about the project

Screenwriters’ bios
Elza Gauja, an alumnus of MFI Script 2 Film and Ex Oriente, has written and directed her feature documentary debut as well as two narrative films. Andris Gauja has written and directed several documentaries, including the award-winning Family Instinct as well as two narrative films. Andris has also consulted several narrative scripts and is teaching film directing at the Riseba University.

Producers’ bios
Andris Gauja has produced four narrative films and two documentaries, he has taken part at the MFI Script 2 Film, Kids Kino.Lab, Ex Oriente and other labs. Elza Gauja, alumnus of the MFI Script 2 Film and Ex Oriente, has produced two fiction films and a full length documentary. Both Elza and Andris are running Riverbed, an independent film production company based in Riga, Latvia.

Original title
Bērnokrātija
Budget
1900000 €
Number of episodes
6
Episode duration
45
Director
Andris Gauja, Elza Gauja
Screenwriter
Andris Gauja, Elza Gauja
Producer
Andris Gauja, Elza Gauja
Contact name
Andris Gauja
Contact email
gauja@riverbed.lv