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The Kindergarten Teacher (12A) – Reclaim the Frame
There will be a post screening panel discussion hosted by Mia Bays of Birds' Eye View, the charitable pathfinder for films by women and network for those who make, show, release and watch them. She is an Oscar-winning producer of documentaries and fiction.
Panel speakers include: Be Manzini, filmmaker, poet and director of Caramel Film Club; Dr Helen Lloyd, Practicing Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Plymouth University; with others to be confirmed shortly.
You can also join us for a poetry workshop taking place in the bar after the panel discussion. The workshop is limited to 15 spaces. You can secure your space by booking now (once you put tickets for the film in the basket, you will be prompted to book spaces for the workshop. If you are a Bird's Eye View Influencer, or if you already have tickets for the screening, you can book your space to your workshop by clicking here).
Be Manzini will lead the workshop – she is a Southern African raised in London, and her writing practice spans poetry, theatre and journalism. She has worked with the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hoxton Hall, Tamasha and Immediate Theatre to name a few, her writing appears in numerous printed anthologies and online publications. A workshop facilitator that specializes in creative writing and processes for empowerment; fittingly her former work has included being a Continuous Professional Development Co-ordinator for the Arts Council.
Her first film ‘This Is Not A Thank You’ was a poetry short nominated for an international award by ‘Shot from the Lip’, a poetry film competition by the South Bank Centre and has been screened as part of the BFI Love Festival, by Apples and Snakes and Picture House cinemas and in various festivals here and abroad. She is also the Director of Caramel Film Club which is a platform that supports and screens the work of Black actors and directors, with whom Birds’ Eye View frequently collaborate.
Dir. Sara Colangelo, US, 2018, 96mins.
Cast. Maggie Gyllenhall, Gael Garcia Bernal, Michael Chernus.
Caring, patient Staten Island kindergarten teacher Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching and her evenings attending poetry classes in Manhattan. When she inadvertently discovers her five-year-old student, Jimmy is gifted, she becomes determined to nurture his talent before his family destroy it. Both a nuanced trip into the psyche of a disillusioned woman and a remarkably tense thriller, the film is a fantastically compelling moral drama; an unpredictable, daring film that ripples with psychological depth.