"I've rarely seen a movie
about teachers and students
that was this realistic..."
- Peter Rainer, FilmWeek
(KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
"...the rare 'inspired by' movie that actually inspires...infused with an affecting dose of authenticity...remarkable... Harchol’s inspirational film eschews mainstream tropes in favor of a bracingly candid sociological study that has compellingly done its homework."
- Michael Rechtshaffen - LA Times
"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.
ABOUT A TEACHER is written, produced, and directed by Hanan Harchol, and executive produced by Sara Bloom. Starring Dov Tiefenbach, Tibor Feldman, Kate Eastman, Aurora Leonard, and Leslie Hendrix.