Rythm is it!

A sensitive and moving testimony to the power of dance and the raw talent of young people. A beautiful declaration of love to the dancing teenagers and their mentors, a movie about the fascination of music, a cinematic experience full of passion, respect and zest for life.

  • 2004
Rythm is it!

RHYTHM IS IT! accompanies three teenage protagonists during the three-month rehearsals. Marie, who is still desperately trying to pass her secondary school leaving exams; Olayinka, who has recently arrived in Germany as a war-orphan from Nigeria and Martin, who is battling to overcome his inhibitions. Royston Maldoom and his team require perseverance and love to teach the first dancing steps to the children and teenagers; for most of them it is their first encounter with classical music. During the rehearsals they all experience ups and downs, insecurity, self-confidence, doubts and excitement: An emotional journey into new, unforeseen worlds and to hidden facets of their personalities.

RHYTHM IS IT! is also a unique, intoxicating insight into the work of the orchestra during an historic moment. The first season with Sir Simon Rattle at the helm marks the dawn of a new era in which the Berliner Philharmoniker hopes to confidently take its work to places outside its normal environment of the concert-hall.

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle

Royston Maldoom
Susanna Broughton
Volker Eisenach

Martin Eisentraut
Olayinka Shitu
Marie Theinert


Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch

Director of Photography

René Dame, Marcus Winterbauer


Uwe Dierks, Thomas Grube (Boomtown Media)


cine plus Filmproduktion

Co-financed by

RBB Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg / ARTE

Supported by

Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, FFA


2005 German Film Prize - Won Best Documentary // 2005 German Film Prize – Won Best Editing // 2004 Bavarian Film Prize – Won Best Documentary // 2005 Gibson Award For Impact Of Music On Film, Nashville // 2005 Minneapolis International Film Festival - Won Audience Award //


2004 Berlin International Film Festival // 2004 Internationales Documentary Film Festival Munich //