ONCE IN A LIFETIME (Les Heritiers)

“Sometimes you get no second chance and it's best to accept the gifts the world offers you.” - Paolo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist

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
Country: France
Year: 2014
Duration: 105 minutes
Languages: French
Genre: Drama
Rating: NR (PG-13 equivalent)

Showings
Tuesday, May 10 | 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 12 | 8:00 pm