A lesson in diversity

movie & TV October 19, 2018 13:00

By The Nation

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The Contemporary World Film Series at TK Park wraps 2018 with “Monsieur Lazhar”, a moving and memorable tale from Canada, which has won numerous awards around the world, including the Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.



The film will be screened tomorrow (October 20) at 4pm at TK Park.

Directed by Philippe Falardeu, the story is set in icy winter at a Montreal elementary school, and has a shock opening with the unexpected suicide of a popular teacher. The young students are deeply affected, the staff try to help them out, while the Principal looks desperately for a replacement. That’s when the pleasant Bachir Lazhar walks in.

He’s an Algerian immigrant, who says he has plenty of teaching experience and proceeds to start taking classes almost immediately. The rest of the film portrays the bitter-sweet moments, as Bachir tries to forge a relationship with his young students, in particular, two youngsters– the traumatised Simon, who thinks he’s responsible for the teacher’s suicide, and Alice, who becomes his favourite pupil.

The icy winter outside is a sharp contrast to the warmth of emotions in the classroom where with the barriers from culture to education and age, it is a learning experience for both the Canadian students and their Algerian teacher.

What the students don’t know, is that Bachir has suffered a great loss himself.

The movie offers many insights into the problems of migrants and is a heart-warming portrait of Canada’s diverse and inclusive society. 

The film-event is supported by the Canadiaa, who will serve snacks and drinks, after the screening. Ambassador Donica Pottie, will introduce the movie.

The Film Auditorium will open at 3pm and the entry fee is Bt20. For reservation, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/cGinYtJ8iM2r3pP92 or email filmforum17@gmail.com.