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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Unbelievably Moving, 2 March 2004
Author: Craig0509

This is such a fantastic documentary. Gives you a whole new appreciation for teachers, especially the five portrayed here. I hope they (the teachers) stay with their work as they are obviously working from a deep passion and calling. And for the same reasons, I hope these filmmakers keep doing the work they're doing.

Thank God for PBS and who ever funds movies like this. Good stuff. Watch if you get a chance. An excellent documentary. This movie is impossible to forget. Great, great, great. Students should watch this movie at the beginning of every year. Not only to help them appreciate the good teachers they have, but also to understand that there are a few weak links in the chain as well.

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