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6 September 2005 (USA) See more »
Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Willy Wonka Director Mel Stuart Dead at 83
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This Documentary Will Lift the Hearts of Both Teachers and Students Alike! See more (5 total) »


Rafe Esquith ... Himself

Ian McKellen ... Himself

Michael York ... Himself

Directed by
Mel Stuart 
Produced by
Chad Baron .... associate producer
Tamara Blaich .... associate producer
Alex Rotaru .... co-producer
Mel Stuart .... producer
Cinematography by
Alex Rotaru 
Film Editing by
Alex Rotaru 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Henry .... camera operator
Music Department
Scott Liggett .... composer: theme music

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This Documentary Will Lift the Hearts of Both Teachers and Students Alike!, 14 February 2016
Author: TonyKissCastillo from Pasto, Colombia

Having been a teacher myself for 41 years, there is nothing I find more inspirational than watching the burning intensity of passion for teaching displayed by people like Rafe Esquith and the pure joy of learning exhibited by his students in the classroom.

Truly gifted teachers comprehend the symbiotic nature of the teacher/student relationship. Working mostly with inner-city kids who speak a foreign language at home, Esquith demonstrates what can be accomplished when the bar is set high by someone who dares to be inspirational to children others complacently might have expected nothing more than being able to read at grade level! If you have never been a teacher, certainly you've been a student... and this documentary will lift the hearts of both teachers and students alike.


Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!

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