In this fact-based story, a dedicated history teacher at a French high school taps lessons of the Holocaust in an effort to motivate her troubled students in ONCE IN A LIFETIME, an uplifting schoolhouse drama based on a true story.
A teacher with 20 years of experience, Anne Gueguen is determined to engage her underprivileged multicultural pupils. To overcome their apathy, she tests her classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the class’s attitude dramatically.
A potent and moving antidote to the devaluation of education in an age of ignorance, ONCE IN A LIFETIME demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.
Sponsored by: Holly Levy and Alliance Française de Buffalo
Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Duration: 105 minutes
Rating: NR (PG-13 equivalent)
Tuesday, May 10 | 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 12 | 8:00 pm