"Few [movies about inner city schoolteachers] have approached the subject with the impressive realism and naturalism as Hanan Harchol's semi-autobiographical feature directorial debut... About a Teacher deserves the theatrical release it would have gotten in more normal times and is definitely worth seeking out." - Frank Sheck, Hollywood Reporter
ABOUT A TEACHER is an intimate and inspiring drama that candidly takes us through the personal journey of a new inner-city public high school film teacher. Inspired by the filmmaker’s real-life experiences as an inner-city high school film teacher, Hanan (played by Dov Tiefenbach) enters the profession oblivious to the actual demands of teaching, and unaware of his own shortcomings and biases.
Featuring many of Hanan Harchol's former students in the cast and crew, ABOUT A TEACHER takes us through Hanan's first three years as a public high school teacher. The film paints a candid, authentic portrait of the teaching profession, shedding light on the challenges and pitfalls that lead nearly half of New York City teachers to leave the profession within the first five years, while simultaneously celebrating the deep rewards that this meaningful and noble profession can provide.
Discussion led by Film Director and Teacher Hanan Harchol
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of NENY and The Jewish World