Special Showing: Not scheduled or shown
- Date of release: 2019
- Running time: 1h 18m
- Director: Jon Seal
- Country: UK & Norway
- Language: English & Norwegian with subtitles
- Links: Official Film Website
The Teachers’ Protest Plot Synopsis
Following successful premieres in the UK and Norway, Jon Seal’s documentary weaves together archive footage, first-hand testimony and the skilful animation of Herlov Åmland’s poignant drawings to tell this gripping story to an international audience for the first time.
The Teachers’ Protest is a sad, tender and uplifting documentary exploring a completely different kind of war story – an inspiring tale of passive resistance, where the heroes fight without weapons and still win.
1942. Occupied Norway. Teachers must join the Nazi Teachers’ League and teach Nazi ideas in their classrooms. 8,000 of them write protest letters. They are threatened with salary withdrawal and the sack. Still they refuse.
In a desperate attempt to break them, the Nazi government arrests 1000 male teachers and sends them to prison camps, 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. The education system is in chaos and now the battle begins.
Exminster Film Club Special Showing
The director of the The Teachers’ Protest, Jon Seal will be attending the screening and there will be an audience Q&A session with him after the film.
‘A perfect and moving mix of storytelling, real life and drama.’
‘A wonderful portrayal of a story hardly anybody knows about.’
‘Way more artistic and impactful than any documentaries I’ve seen in recent life.’
‘It was gripping from beginning to end. You could hear a pin drop!’