**A Q&A on this film with the director Jon Seal event will take place on July 18 at 1 PM (EDT); details will be updated here closer to the date.**
When teachers in 1942 Occupied Norway were first informed that they must join the Nazi Teachers’ League and teach Nazi ideas in their classrooms, the idea was met with immediate resistance. Eight thousand teachers wrote letters to protest; when they were threatened with salary withdrawals or firings, they continued to refuse. In a desperate attempt to break them, the Nazi government went on to arrest 1,000 male teachers, sending them to prison camps 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. With the education system, the true battle then began.
In this new documentary, director Jon Seal weaves together archive footage and first-hand testimony with the skillful animation of Herlov Åmland’s poignant drawings to tell this gripping story to an international audience for the first time. The Teacher’s Protest is a sad, tender and uplifting film exploring a completely different kind of war story – an inspiring tale of passive resistance, where the heroes fight without weapons and still win.
“An incredible and inspiring piece of work” — David Edwards, General Secretary Education International
General admission virtual tickets can be purchased via the link above beginning July 10. ASF Members will receive an email with instructions on their complimentary virtual screening passes on Thursday, July 9.