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Release Date:
6 September 2001 (USA) See more »
5 Teachers. 180 Days. Our Children's Future.
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  (in credits order)
Georgene Acosta ... Herself
Geneviève DeBose ... Herself
Joy Kraft-Watts ... Herself
Nate Monley ... Himself
Maurice Rabb ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Elisabeth Shue ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Davis Guggenheim 
Produced by
Joanna Friedman .... assistant producer
Davis Guggenheim .... producer
Kheshgi .... associate producer
Senain Kheshgi .... associate producer
Jill Murphy .... executive producer
Julia Schachter .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
Cinematography by
Sandra Chandler 
Davis Guggenheim 
Jennifer Lane 
Film Editing by
Jay Cassidy  (as Jay Lash Cassidy)
Sam Citron 
Peggy Davis 
Art Department
Nancy A. Knight .... lead scenic painter
Mike Wells .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Scott Harber .... sound mixer
David S. McJunkin .... sound mixer
Editorial Department
Mitch Rosin .... assistant editor
Other crew
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Mark Dashiell .... production assistant
Joanna Friedman .... researcher
Scott Hatcher .... production assistant


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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
misleading, 22 May 2004
Author: jkella1 from chicago

Yes, the film is inspiring and evokes awe for the beautiful work depicted. But the film sets up classroom relationships based on care and love, opposed to expectations of learning, testing, and obedience. Little attention is given to the learning that is likely expected to be done. Further, from my experience inside CPS classrooms, as well as stories from other teachers, the behavioral issues depicted in the film are non-existent to mind-numbingly mild. If the classrooms in the film were intended to model how classrooms ought to be, I would fully agree. Unfortunately, the film ought to be watched as a piece of recruiting propaganda and public schooling fantasy.

For a different perspective on youth and school-life, though not focused on teachers, check out 'Chain Camera'. Also filmed in LA in 2001, this film has students taking a camera with them for a week each to record their lives. The stories of several students are edited to comprise this interesting portrayal of youth culture.

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