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The First Year

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3.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Winner of numerous awards including the prestigious Peabody, this powerful and moving film is a "must-see" for anyone who is, or has ever thought of becoming a parent or teacher. The film chronicles the first year of five young teachers as they fight the

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A deceptively simple documentary, The First Year follows five teachers in California through the first year of their teaching careers. The teachers are a diverse lot, teaching different ages and classes at five different schools, but what remains consistent are the difficulties they face and the determination they bring to it. Though The First Year is partly a recruiting effort that hopes to persuade more people to pursue teaching, the movie doesn't avoid the problems teachers face, from bureaucratic stumbling blocks (one teacher can't get her own classroom; an ESL program faces being defunded) to the kids themselves, who can be as angry and frustrated as the teachers, often for reasons the teachers are helpless to change. At times, the passion and empathy these five teachers demonstrate is profoundly moving--not because they're performing great feats, but because of the simple, small acts of faith that so rarely get made. --Bret Fetzer


Special features

  • Bonus film: Teach
  • Teacher commentary tracks
  • Teacher profiles
  • Epilogue with teacher commentary
  • "How to Get Involved" booklet

Product details

  • Actors: Georgene Acosta, Geneviève DeBose, Joy Kraft-Watts, Nate Monley, Maurice Rabb
  • Directors: Davis Guggenheim
  • Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Jill Murphy, Joanna Friedman, Julia Schachter, Kheshgi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0001HAIEA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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