Story posted April 20, 2012
American Teacher, a film by Oscar winner Vanessa Roth, will be screened for the community at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
The documentary, which shows how "one of the toughest jobs in the world is getting tougher," is narrated by Matt Damon, produced by Ninive Calegari and Dave Eggers, and co-directed by Brian McGinn.
The screening is open to the public free of charge. A moderated discussion will follow the film presentation.
The feature-length documentary chronicles the stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. Their stories are told through the mixture of footage and interviews with students, families, and colleagues, as well as the teachers themselves.
By following these teachers as they reach different milestones throughout their careers, American Teacher tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today.
The film's narrative unfolds through a mixture of interviews, personal footage and animation, each highlighting different facts and perspectives concerning the big sacrifices made by our nation's teachers, and how these demands are forcing many of our greatest teachers out of the profession.
Interwoven among the four narratives are interviews with prominent reform leaders within the field of education.
The message of American Teacher is aimed at everyone in America invested in the success of our education system, our students, and the future of our nation's democracy and economy.
The screening is sponsored by the Department of Education.
View the trailer below.