March 22 – Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar – Canada – 2012 – Drama.  Among the best of films about immigration, the education system, and children.  In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.… Continue reading March 22 – Monsieur Lazhar

Cave of the Yellow Dog

Cave of the Yellow Dog – Mongolia – 2005 – Drama/documentary.  Follow the life of a 6-year old Mongolian girl and the dog she adopts in spite of her father’s disapproval. “This is no heart-tugging family drama; rather it’s a contemplative, compassionate portrait of a hardy people. Offered as a borderline documentary, it proceeds in… Continue reading Cave of the Yellow Dog

Mad Hot Ballroom

Mad Hot Ballroom – USA – 2005 – Documentary.  This is a profile of several New York City’s public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals.  “Expect to grin the entire time you’re watching”… Continue reading Mad Hot Ballroom