Once In A Lifetime

Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: International House
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Directors: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Running Time:
105 min
French with English Subtitles

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In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, PJFF presents the moving true story of Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), a dedicated history teacher in a French public high school, who changed the lives of her most troubled students through Holocaust education.

Determined to give the best instruction to her underprivileged inner-city pupils, plucky and confident Gueguen enters her multicultural classroom in a national competition on the theme of “children and adolescent victims of Nazi concentration camps.” Hoping to break through her students’ apathy, Gueguen uses lessons from the Holocaust to overcome differences and show the devastation caused by ignorance and hatred. Will Gueguen’s unique assignment help these once unruly teenagers see each other – and themselves – in a new light?

A potent response to the systemic undermining of public education in France and around the world, ONCE IN A LIFETIME examines the impact of the Holocaust and its relevance to future generations.

Special Guests: Catherine Raissiguier, Author of Reinventing the Republic: Gender, Migration, and Citizenship in France, Professor at Hunter College/Cuny; Michaela Pommells, activist, educator, co-founder of the Coalition for Racial Justice; Barbara Shaiman, moderator, founder of Champions of Caring

Community Partner:

ConsortiumHolocaustEducators         alliance francaise      Repair the world