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The Teacher

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The Teacher

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Monday 28 January 8.30pm Channel 039

Slovakia 1983. The new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that the pupils' grades are related to how willing their parents are to helping her out with her ‘donations’ - her housecleaning and other random services. After one of the students attempts suicide, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents' meeting to remove the teacher, but because she is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. In a classroom behind the Iron Curtain, the future of all the families are at stake, as the film examines how each family must wrestle with their consciences or silently keep the status quo. Starring Zuzana Maurery & Zuzana Konecna.