This film has been part funded by the NEU and the Union of Education Norway. The story is one of resistance, illustrating the power of teachers when they come together to fight against hatred and injustice. It is one of power, inspiration, and, ultimately, hope.
The film recounts the events of 1942, when Norwegian teachers refused the Nazi authorities’ demand of obligatory registration of all teachers in the Nazi teacher group and that schools must work to raise the youth to be ‘good Nazis’. The uprising caused roughly 1100 teachers to be arrested and many of them were sent to Kirkenes, where they were held under harsh conditions. A paperclip in the jacket collar, used as a symbol of protest against the occupying powers during the Second World War, was also the symbol of the teachers’ action.
This English-language documentary from British filmmaker Jon Seal follows the story of the Norwegian teachers through protest, arrest, imprisonment and return to everyday life. The film is based, in part, around the drawings of Herløv Åmland, one of the teachers who was held in Kirkenes. He made many drawings of his daily life while in prison.
The screening will take place on Friday 27 September 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm at Hamilton House. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Jon Seal and an informal reception.
The event is FREE but please note that registration is required.