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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I watched it back-to-back-to-back., 3 March 2003
Author: Dustin Morrow from McKinney, TX

This is a fantastic, engaging, wonderful documentary. It chronicles the the first year of teaching in inner-city Los Angeles for five (and on DVD, six) first time teachers.

The insight these heroes give into the rights and wrongs of the teaching profession are emotional and inspiring. It is a film that every citizen of this country must see.

The DVD adds a promotional video called TEACH, and the teacher commentaries options provides further insight into the lives these five fascinating individuals that you cannot help but love.

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